2008/01/14

Fiji - Witness to Climate Change



Part of an Al Jazeera series called "Witness" about global climate change, the following two videos focus on the island of Kabara (pronounced Kambara) in the Lau Group of the Fiji Islands where 400 inhabitants are trying to maintain their sustainable way of life while coping with the effects of climate change. Coral reefs bleached by rising sea temperatures mean fewer fish to eat; higher tides erode the shore destroying trees; drought means difficulty growing traditional crops and a shortage of water for drinking and washing, while dangerous cyclones increase in frequency.

Part 1 of Witness on Kabara, Fiji 10 minutes 25 seconds:



Part 2 of Witness on Kabara, Fiji 11 minutes 43 seconds:



For more on climate change and its causes, listen to George Kenney's interview with Dr. Chris Rapely: Anthropogenic Climate Change on Electric Politics

and watch Dr. Suzuki's interview on The Real News Network: Dr. David Suzuki

Thanks to Laminar Flow for the 'Witness' clips.

5 comments:

Robin said...

We are really destroying our own planet..

hmmm.. I read in the Shurangama Sutra about Dharma ending age begins when man destroy their own place they live in, ie. our environment.

Strange, and it is said 2500 years ago.

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Vinaka vaalevu for the video clips. Isa lei, those people are related to my daught-in-law and I know many people from Kabasa (pronounced Kambara).They are hard-working people, very skilled with woodcarving and hundreds of them have relocated to Suva and places like Lomaivuna to grow bananas etc. and several as carpenters. The first video started and stopped a bit so I'll look at them later.
I saw a program on Tuvalu last night in Thalassa - all about the sea rising there.
w.

The Moody Minstrel said...

Water, water everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink.
Water, water everywhere,
Nor even a drop to drink.

(from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner)

Sad...

laminar_flow said...

And to think Fiji exports millions of gallons every year. Fiji Water ships the water thousands of miles from source to the market.

Pandabonium said...

Robin - we have become technologically smart, but not wise.

Wendy - thanks for the information. A way of life being destroyed by people thousands of miles away, most of whom have no idea how their lifestyle is affecting others.

Moody - and here we are with an Albatross around our collective necks - which, ironically, the WWF now says should be listed as endangered.

Laminar Flow - it's a crazy planet we're spinning around on, where under "globalization" people use oil to make bottles, fill them with water and ship them around the world to sell to some other country which does the same. People drinking each other's water and businesses making big profits from it while the environment gets polluted with CO2 and plastics. Meanwhile neighbors and countrymen go thirsty?