2 responses to “Kiribati: Small country, big sacrifice”

  1. Yves Loiseau

    This article and interview is extremely interesting, and shows a unique step that this small country is taking to make a difference concerning climate change, despite its economic situation. It also seems to go against mainstream ideas of the sometimes ‘resource-extracting’ industrial development models proposed by some international organizations.

    The president of Kiribati, Anote Tong, has laid out very specifically an example for the rest of the world, both developing and industrialized countries. It has set a precedence by closing access to fishing areas, in order to protect the environment and retain sea life, as a step to secure the country’s existence in the future. This is commendable, especially since even the United Nations Climate Change Conferences over the last two years seem to be unable to do much to create an accord that really changes the discourse of humanity and the effects of climate change.

    The article really makes you wonder about the our everyday choices. What does it tell us when one of the world’s 48 poorest countries takes significant steps? Does it suggest better moral values than those in other countries? Are developed countries really doing enough to ensure the continued livelihood of Pacific Island peoples?

  2. Callum Harvey

    I am so sorry for everything that has happened to your small, yet as every bit significant to the survival of our planet, country. I just wish we could have come this economic and political and social as well as environmental issue which, by now, is almost impossible to fix. :( I wish your country all the best in the coming future, and I promise to do all I can to help protect your civilisation from destruction via climate change.
    Yours sincerely,

    Callum Harvey – Brisbane Bayside State College, QLD, Australia