jeudi 11 août 2011

Kiribati: A country in danger of extinction.


For the 105,000 inhabitants of Kiribati, the countdown has already begun. The archipelago of 33 islands and atolls located between Hawaii and Australia is beginning to be swallowed as a result of rising sea level these paradise islands of the Pacific Ocean are the first victims of global warming on the planet .
         In less than fifty years, they have been devoured by the ocean and covered by water.
        
In 1989, a UN report had already pointed out this possibility. Ten years later, the threat became a reality with the flooding of two of its islands. From Ironically, these were the islands of Tarawa and Tebua Abanuea, whose names mean something like the beach that will last the longest.
        
The president of this small state of Oceania, Anote Tong (57), elected in 2003 and reelected in 2007, began organizing the exodus of his people to a firmer ground.
        
For now, only the New Zealand government has responded to this call for help and is committed to accommodate thousands of Kiribati. On the map, Kiribati is only 33 dots. Only eleven are inhabited permanently, but they are home to 105,000 people still in need of a new home.
        
The majority of people residing in the Gilbert Islands, a place where the Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) came to a halt and he mentions in his story "In the South Seas (1896)."
        
The Head of State of Kiribati insists that even if the small South Pacific islands produce only 0.6% of global pollution, it is they who suffer the most severe effects of climate change.
        
October 2, 2007, the delegation Gilbertine launched a real pathetic appeal to the General Assembly of the United Nations:
"Our survival as a nation and as a people with a culture and lifestyle of our own, is seriously threatened by global warming and rising sea level"

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