The Pacific island nation of Kiribati is already experiencing threats so severe from rising sea levels due to climate change, the leader is in talks about the purchase of land in Fiji for a mass relocation of citizens.
According to Kiribati President Anote Tong, they have been specifically looking at land on Fiji’s second largest island, Vanua Levu. He also noted in published reports that this is their last resort after several of their tropical atolls vanished beneath increasingly higher wave levels.
The nation has about 102,000 citizens over 32 atolls, and none of the islands sit more than two meters above sea level.
If this goes down, not everyone would be sent out in one fell swoop. First, a group of skilled workers would head to Fiji to carve out a niche for their citizens, preparing them for life once further migration begins. Citizens would need to find employment as immigrants with skills to offer, and develop as part of the community.
Hopefully everyone will be able to work together cohesively to provide a safe living space for all. This really puts into perspective how truly dangerous climate change is, and what extremes some countries are already having to go through as a result of it.