09 Mar '12, 2am

Nation of Kiribati Relocating Due to Rising Sea Levels | Care2 Causes

Nation of Kiribati Relocating Due to Rising Sea Levels | Care2 Causes

The world’s first climate refugees are getting ready to leave the island nation of Kiribati . Anote Tong, the Kiribati president, announced today that he’s in talks with the government of Fiji and looking to buy up to 5,000 acres of land for the people of Kiribati to settle. The nation is home to 113,000 people, most of whom live and work on the Tarawa chain of islets. The nation consists of 32 coral atolls and one coral island straddling the equator, only 313 square miles in all, none of which are more than a few feet above sea level. Some of these atolls are already beginning to sink beneath the rising waves. Mr. Tong told the Telegraph, “This is the last resort, there’s no way out of this one. Our people will have to move as the tides have reached our homes and villages.” Right now, the government is trying to send only skilled workers to Fiji. Hopefully, this will allo...

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