CARTERET ISLANDERS: FIRST CLIMATE REFUGEES
Carteret Islanders in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea are fast becoming the world’s first climate change refugees due to sea level rise.
The Regional Member for the Region, Peter Tsiamalili Jnr told PNG Parliament about the crisis this year. https://www.resilience.org/stories/2019-06-11/understanding-the-human-side-of-climate-change-relocation/
He warned that the atoll islands would submerge if PNG Government did nothing to help.
PNG Minister for Environment, Conservation and Climate Change, Wera Mori, with a high-level delegation, is in the region with intervention programs.
Minister Mori also was on a fact-finding Mission in AROB early this year.
He and his team found startling facts including 300 meters of the islands being under sea.
Mori revisited the islands this week with diplomats and went to resettlement villages in Tinputz.
In addition, he said climate change was real.
Further, he likened it another nuclear threat to end the world. That is if everyone is not taking actions against the global warming, the islands will sink.
Minister Mori launched mangrove tree planting initiative and 2021 World Environment Day Bell Isi Park on Buka Island. https://pngsun.com/amp/2021/05/27/matalai-gets-council-chamber/