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Climate Crisis Descending Series: Pacific Nation Kiribati on the Brink of Disappearing

Aerial view of Pacific Nation Kiribati
Written by JoAnn Chateau

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.

“So far away, so isolated, we thought we would be immune from the tribulations of this world.” ~ Anote Tong
Without any mountains, low-lying Kiribati is sinking like the disastrous Titanic, under rising seal levels caused by global warming. Located exactly in the center of four hemispheres, former Kiribati President Anote Tong calls his submerging island nation a “warning from the Center of the World.”

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


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About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.

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