The President’s Dilemma (Rising Sea Levels in Kiribati)

In Kiribati each tide is now a ‘king tide’ with waves which can wash over the 2 metre high islands. Drinking water which was once fresh is now getting salty; food can no longer be grown in the ground; and the islands themselves are washing away - fast. The younger generation have been encouraged to get a good education so they can live somewhere else in the world without being a burden to others. Those who remain will need to find funds to build sea walls, introduce crops for the new climate and catch the rain.

But for the I-Kiribati who remain, the clock will be ticking…

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