Two weeks ago, we looked at the struggles the city of Venice endures as it slowly sinks into the surrounding waters. Today, we turn to the submerging Pacific Island nation of Kiribati.
The new documentary film, Anote’s Ark depicts the developing climate crisis as it descends upon Kiribati, and relates the story of Anote Tong’s mission to save his people — which includes buying land in nearby Fiji for relocation.
In the following video, Amy Goodman interviews former President Anote Tong and the director of Anote’s Ark, Matthieu Rytz. Included in the clip, you’ll also see the documentary’s trailer.
“At the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, we speak with former President Anote Tong about his desperate efforts to save his small Pacific Island state of Kiribati from rising sea levels from global warming, as told in the new documentary “Anote’s Ark.” Kiribati is a collection of 33 coral atolls and reef islands located over 1,000 miles south of Hawaii and nearly 4,000 miles northeast of Australia. It is home to 100,000 people. Already, an entire village was inundated, and its residents forced to flee, as the sea wall broke into a freshwater pond. Tong predicts his country will become uninhabitable in 30 to 60 years as rising tides displace more and more people, wash away infrastructure, degrade fragile coral reefs and disrupt the remote island’s food supply.” ~ Democracy Now
Climate Crisis Descending