Recognising creative talent in the Pacific Island diaspora

Youth voices of the Pacific in Copenhagen December 19, 2009

Filed under: climate change in the Pacific,Film and Video — pacificdocs @ 7:10 am

What an inglorious day for Australia – thanks to our shameful bullying of our Pacific Island neighbours, Australia has been awarded the (un)prestigious ‘Fossil of the Day’ Award at the Copenhagen conference.

At a time when Australia should be leading, we’ve been recognised as the worst country in the world for actively seeking a bad outcome. What’s more, we’ve been singled out for trying to bully vulnerable nations into agreeing to targets that would see them literally wiped off the map.

It’s time we stood up to bullies like this. Kevin Rudd has been phoning Pacific leaders to get them to sign away their very survival. Let’s stand up for our friends and call Kevin Rudd with a message that we support the Pacific nations’ call for a treaty that keeps them on the map:

It’s pretty simple: Pacific nations are calling for a treaty that limits global warming to 1.5 degrees, the maximum they can survive. It’s what all the scientists are calling for too. Australia is outrageously trying to strong-arm them into a treaty for a 2 degree rise – which would see them sunk out of existence.

Is this the Australia we want to be? The bad guy? Place a phonecall to Kevin Rudd, like he’s been doing to our Pacific friends, and tell him it’s not just our island neighbours who stand behind the science – we all want a treaty that delivers a safe climate:

If you’d listened to Kevin Rudd’s speech this morning, you’d have thought he actually cares about climate change. He’s saying one thing in public, and then working furiously to undermine efforts for a good treaty behind the scenes. Phone him today before his negotiations wipe Pacific nations off the map.


Truth Talking: Voices from the waves December 16, 2009

Global warming will raise sea levels, wreaking havoc on small Pacific island nations. Some low-lying islands will be submerged completely while others will suffer massive damage. These impacts will change forever the Pacific islanders’ natural environment, culture, livelihoods and lifestyles — all of which are intricately linked. This film views these survival issues through the eyes of two teenagers — Dilagi, a Fijian girl, and Bernard, a boy from Kiribati. They say: relocation is not a viable option, and our way of life is not negotiable.


Rising Waters in Kiribati December 10, 2009

Filed under: climate change in the Pacific,Film and Video,News — pacificdocs @ 6:09 pm

100,000 people still live on the 32 atolls that make up the south Pacific island nation of Kiribati,but global warming is causing sea levels to rise. The archipelago,which lies halfway between Australia and Hawaii,lies just two meters above sea level and is considered especially endangered.The first two atolls have already been submerged. Kiribati’s president is faced with a dilemma: does he have to evacuate all the country’s residents?