Posted by: islandsfirst | February 11, 2009

Brace for the Worst

Joining the ranks of the Maldives, Bloomberg reports that Kiribati President Anote Tong is considering the purchase of land to relocate the nation’s 100,000 citizens threatened by climate change. Well before the 33-island archipelago sinks under rising seas, the salination of food crops and drinking water by higher tides will render the islands uninhabitable.

Until the global economic crisis, we were hopeful that we can penetrate the labor market in different countries. We are looking at a solution that allows our people to live with dignity and not as second-class citizens.

Visit Islands Business for Samisoni Pareti’s overview of how Small Island States are faring in international climate change negotiations.

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