Professional movers, who transfer companies from one office to another, say that there are long moves and short moves, but no small moves. Kiribati, a Pacific nation that consists of several low-lying atolls, is thinking of undertaking what would be a very large move. It plans to buy about 6,000 acres of land on Fiji’s main island, and, if climate change makes it necessary, resettle Kiribati’s entire population there, some 100,00 people. Although the sea level has risen only slightly so far, already sea water has contaminated Kiribati’s underground fresh water. Changing rainfall, tidal, and storm patterns pose as much threat as rising sea levels. Some alternative options, such as a floating island, are considered too expensive, although building sea walls to reinforce a few islands may ensure that Kiribati at least continues to exist.
Wow. It’s crazy to think a whole nation of people will have no homeland and so soon. I hear about that happening to the beautiful island of Manhattan in NYC in the next 50-60-70 years and it makes me so sad. I can’t imagine how hard this must be for the people affected by this. My heart goes out to them.