Climate change has never felt more real to my eyes until I arrived here in KIRIBATI – an island nation in the Central Pacific Ocean.
The rising sea levels are quickly shrinking this country, which has a peak altitude of 3 meters. It’s projected to be entirely underwater by the year 2100.
While many countries are feeling the impacts of climate change, nobody is more threatened right now than the 100,000+ residents of Kiribati.
The question now becomes, how do we prevent the people here from becoming climate refugees? The only 4 options I can think of are the following:
1. Build a higher sea wall (which will cost billions of USD)
2. Buy land overseas for them to relocate (will also cost a fortune)
3. Send more Kiribati citizens abroad (i.e. Australia and New Zealand) for jobs, and they can slowly adapt to a new life
4. Boost tourism in Kiribati so people can see first hand the affects of climate change, which will also pump money back in to the economy
Would love to get your thoughts on what we can do to help the wonderful people of Kiribati. I encourage you all to get creative and share your best solutions below. I will be reading and responding to as many comments as I can, and I encourage you to do the same. This is important.