(CBS news article) Pacific nation Kiribati is planning to purchase 6,000 acres on Fiji’s second main island and moves its entire population there. Anote Tong, the Kiribati President, said that contaminated freshwater/crops and changing rainfall, tidal and storm patterns are much greater threats than rising sea level. The problem is that the migration of 103,000 Kiribati villagers could alter the economy and life of Fiji. At the same time, refugees have concerns about leaving their culture and life styles behind.
Not everyone is impacting this environment equally. Not everyone will be affected equally.
Women often suffer the most from the growing population and changing environment. When husbands are working outside the village, women are responsible for family planning: taking care of children, farming, collecting firewood and fetching water. We need to give women the tools they need and help them solve the problem of reproduction, food and water. Women are already struggling for everything but climate change just makes their life harder.
Small pacific islands such as Tokelau may become one of the first countries that will be submerged in the next few decades if people do not help to slow down climate change. Many group leaders, Foreign Ministers and Environmental Ministers of Fiji, El Salvador and Dominica are appealing for allies in 2011 Durban Climate Change Conference.