Pacific island nations are among the worst affected by climate change, which is already causing severe problems in some areas and forcing communities to relocate - if they can find a safe option. Representatives are visiting Australia to join the opposition to the huge Adani coal mine, which will worsen the problems: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/01/pacific-islanders-call-for-australia-not-to-fund-adani-coalmine?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
8 August 2016: The ABC Pacific Beat has published an article about Tulele Peisa, a grassroots organisation assisting climate refugees from the Cartaret Islands to make a new home in Bougainville. Click here to read the article.
An interesting message posted by Simon Pentanu, Speaker of the Bougainville Parliament, to mark Autonomous Region of Bougainville Day, 15 June, emphasised the importance of treating the natural world with respect.
"Bougainville will be poorer if it ignores the life value to the Island of its land and sea creatures, the trees, the plants and vines that flower and animals that abound with us and as part of our make up. This is what comprises our real capital to build and prosper on. ... On Bougainville Day let us celebrate at home and with PNG as we tread carefully together to deal with what lies ahead along the political path."
Click here to read the full article.
An interesting article by Catherine Wilson has been published by Inter-Press Service (IPS) about some of the pressures facing Pacific nations in seeking to establish stable societies developing in a sustainable way. The article notes the risks to stability and underlying issues that remain unresolved, including 'inequality, land disputes, fragile governance and youth unemployment', and particularly notes the problems associated with the extractive industries (mining), corruption and land ownership.
Helen Dakin (Sydney supporter)
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