The Pacific Way of Life

September 7, 2010 at 9:07 pm 2 comments

Here’s a rhetorical question: what do the islands of Tegua (part of Vanuatu) and the Carteret Islands (Papua New Guinea) have in common? Depressingly, it’s easy to guess  – they’ve had to be evacuated due to rising sea waters.

It’s a long time since I was a VSO worker in Fiji (1985-1988, since you ask) but I still have a keen interest in that part of the world. Fiji’s volcanic so it won’t disappear underwater yet, but the hospitable Fijians are already preparing to accommodate the entire population of Tuvalu in the next few years.

Let me be the zillionth person to say it, and to be ignored – this is the future. Let’s shape it while we still can!


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  • 1. Cathrin Thodock  |  September 8, 2010 at 3:33 am

    Hi Kate,

    Don’t know about Tegua, but the Cartert Islands are not evacuated. I was there October/November last year, and the majority of the islanders were still on the islands. I keep in touch with the locals I got to know, and so far nothing has happend with regards to relocation.

    In fact, an increasing part of the population refuse to be relocated, and work for alternative solutions so they can stay.


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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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