The Kiribati islands
While they never have been dry lands
Have been sinking, as the ocean levels rise;
As each island’s head goes under
People leave, and it’s no wonder—
Now they’re planning for their future, which is wise
With the ocean levels rising
It is not at all surprising
That they’re looking to protect their sons and daughters
Onto Fiji they could squeeze
As a band of refugees
As the world denies the rising of the waters.
Via the Telegraph (UK), the story that the entire nation of Kiribati may have to relocate.
In what could be the world’s first climate-induced migration of modern times, Anote Tong, the Kiribati president, said he was in talks with Fiji’s military government to buy up to 5,000 acres of freehold land on which his countrymen could be housed.
Some of Kiribati’s 32 pancake-flat coral atolls, which straddle the equator over 1,350,000 square miles of ocean, are already disappearing beneath the waves.
Long time readers (well, not *that* long) may recall that Tong was in trouble last year for his obvious lack of faith; many citizens of Kiribati were convinced that the God would protect them; that God had explicitly promised that He would never flood the earth again!
I am wondering (can’t tell from today’s article) whether Tong’s people have seen enough to change their minds, or whether he is trying to help them against their own wishes.
I do not envy his position.