These children are from the Carteret islands, a few hundred kilometers north east of Papua New Guinea. “The Carteret Islanders are amongst the world’s first ‘environmental refugees’. An entire cultural group is facing relocation due to the impacts of climate change. The islanders have fought for more than twenty years against the rising ocean, building sea walls and planting mangroves. However, storm surges and high tides continue to wash away homes, destroy vegetable gardens, and contaminate fresh water supplies. On November 24, 2005, the Papua New Guinean government authorised the evacuation of the islands, 10 families at a time, to Bougainville. The evacuation started in early 2007 and this could continue up until 2020, depending on how inhabited the islands remain. It has been estimated that by 2015, the Carteret Islands could be largely submerged and entirely uninhabitable. Carteret Islanders are on the frontline of climate change.” You can find out more at: http://www.tulelepeisa.org/
You are invited to the Café Regal (Warrnambool, Victoria) on Sunday December 14th at 3pm for a public forum where Ms Ursula Rakova, spokesperson for the Carterets community, will share the story of her family and their home. Gold coin donation kindly requested.