Posts Tagged ‘Climate change refugees’

Caritas alarmed over Pacific climate change

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Alarm over displacement in Papua New Guinea caused by climate change was expressed last week during a meeting at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Port Moresby. The gathering focused particularly on climate change and specifically on the issue of the Cartaret islands in the autonomous region of Bougainville and the Manam islands in Madang province. Read more

Climate refugees nothing new in the Pacific Islands

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Climate change threatens to displace i-Kiribati, the people of the low-lying atoll nation of Kiribati. However if relocation proves necessary it will not be the first time that i-Kiribati have found themselves, en-mass, in a ‘strange’ land. The recently appointed Apostolic delegate to the Solomon Islands, Archbishop Mathew Kurian Vayalunkal received at a true i-Kiribati welcome Read more

Pasifika nations’ voice drowned out in climate change tsunami of words

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Climate change—much like ethnic cleansing—singles out certain populations, presenting migration problems every bit as serious as those of political, religious, and ethnic refugees. Extinction is hardly less serious than genocide, yet its quarry have no legal basis to relocate. Pasifika nations have little to no voice in international energy policy, and exert, at most, limited Read more

Meet Micah. Is he a climate change refugee?

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Micah Puia lives in a shanty town on a dirty beach in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands. He is 11 years old, and has lived here all his life. He sleeps in a raised fibro hut. He lives with his grandparents and several cousins, attends second grade at a local school and swims Read more

Polynesian leaders sign climate change declaration

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

The Polynesian Leaders Group, made up of eight countries, have adopted a declaration calling for international recognition of their countries’ vulnerability to climate change. The Polynesia Against Climate Threats declaration calls for a joint effort to protect the ocean and the environment, and will be taken to world leaders at a major climate change conference Read more