The people of the Pacific archipelago of Kiribati could find themselves living in Fiji over the coming years if a new proposal currently in the President’s Cabinet is passed and then agreed upon by Fiji’s own government.
Rising water levels on the island nation have begun to contaminate ground water, putting the nations people in increasing trouble and now the countries president has proposed buying 6,000 acres of land on Fiji’s main island in case Kiribati’s 103,000 residents must flee their homes.
According to President Anote Tong:
“We would hope not to put everyone on one piece of land, but if it became absolutely necessary, yes, we could do it.”
So far the biggest problem with the proposal is the fact that Fiji has not been made aware of the nation’s rather drastic uprooting of its people.
Tong says he’ll wait until the purchase clears through his own government’s parliament and then he’ll talk to Fiji officials who are located 1,400 miles away from Kiribati.
While the uprooting of an entire island nation might seem extreme President Tong puts it in simple terms:
“We’re trying to secure the future of our people. The international community needs to be addressing this problem more.”
It’s still unclear how long the island nation of Kiribati can remain sustainable for human life, much of that answer remains hard to estimate because its based on a constantly changing eco-system in the area with a focus on rising sea levels.
I have to applaud the Kiribati government, in the United States our members of Congress can’t pass simple laws that benefit its people, President Tong on the other hand has a plan already being put together that would save the lives of an entire nation.