Kiribati Move

March 10, 2012 by staff 

Kiribati Move, Fears that rising sea levels due to climate change could soon wipe out their entire Pacific archipelago has forced the leaders of Kiribati to look at the option of moving their entire nation to neighbouring Fiji.

The Republic of Kiribati, is an island nation in the central tropical Pacific Ocean with a population just over 100,000. The entire nation is composed of 32 atolls and one coral island, scattered over 3.5 million square kilometres. The nation straddles the equator, and borders the International Date Line.
AP reports that the president of Kiribati Anote Tong, said on Friday that his Cabinet has endorsed a plan to buy nearly 6,000 acres of land on Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu. He said the land is being sold by a church group for about $9.6 million, and could provide insurance policy for the entire population of Kiribati of about 103, 000 people.
But meanwhile, the people of Kiribati are hoping that the move will never become necessary. Tong said: “We would hope not to put everyone on one piece of land, but if it became absolutely necessary, yes, we could do it. It wouldn’t be for me, personally, but would apply more to a younger generation. For them, moving won’t be a matter of choice. It’s basically going to be a matter of survival.”
Kiribati is one country often cited as evidence of climate change, as its atolls are at the risk of being submerged as sea levels rise. The country is expected to be the first country in which land territory disappears due to global climate change. In June 2008, President Anote Tong said the country has reached “the point of no return.” He said: “To plan for the day when you no longer have a country is indeed painful but I think we have to do that.”

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