Pacific Climate Warriors bringing their Peace Flotilla to Brisbane 19 October
“Every morning, we wake up and the ocean is there, surrounding our island. But now the ocean, driven by climate change is creeping ever closer. Unless something changes, many of our Pacific Islands face losing everything to sea level rise.”
For 20 years Pacific Islanders have asked world leaders to take action to stop polluting the atmosphere. But they cannot wait longer. Now, Warriors of the Pacific are rising peacefully to protect the Pacific Islands from climate change.
This October, the Warriors are traveling to Australia to stand up to those blocking action on climate change.
Over the past year they have built traditional canoes in their homelands, which they have brought to Australia to block coal shipments for a day at the Newcastle Coal Port on October 17.
Following this bold action, the Warriors will travel the country bringing their message in a range of speaking events, and supporting solidarity actions.
This tour will be a rallying call for Pacific Islanders and Australians to rise up to take the bold, peaceful action we need to halt climate change and save these Pacific Nations.Five years ago, a network of young Pacific Islanders began to form under the name of 350 Pacific, to join with the global climate change movement, 350.org.
Active in 15 of the Pacific Island Nations, this network has a unique approach of empowering young people to understand the issue of climate change and to take action to protect and enrich the islands, cultures, and oceans of the Pacific Nations.
The Pacific Climate Warriors have been chosen from this network of active community leaders.
The Warriors are traveling from 12 different Pacific nations; Papua New Guinea, The Solomon Islands, Samoa, Fiji, The Marshall Islands, Tonga, Tokelau, Niue, Kiribati, Vanuatu, The Federated States of Micronesia and Tuvalu.
Brisbane is invited to join the Peace Flotilla, meeting at 10 am at the Brisbane Maritime Museum, Southbank and make your way to Kangaroo Point.
You can either walk, or if you want, paddle along the river, led by the Warriors.
At Kangaroo Point we will use the sand bags to build an Island of Hope – sending a message around the world that we will stand in support of our Pacific neighbours.
More info: http://act.350.org/signup/brisbane_flotilla/
Climate change and the Pacific – fact sheet
Pacific nations are some of the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
Due to their small size, low elevation, and remote locations, many Islands are already suffering due to global emissions. The impacts vary from place to place, but include: !
- Rising sea levels and increased number and severity of storm activity leading to inundation, storm surges, beach erosion and coral bleaching,
Rising saltwater tables impacting deep rooted food crops such as coconut, pulaka, and taro and infiltrating fresh water supplies,
Drier climate conditions reducing the islands’ already limited water resources to the point that they become insufficient to meet demand during increasing low-rainfall periods.
It is for these reasons that three Pacific Nations are considered within the 10 most vulnerable in the world to the impacts of climate change.
It is estimated that a temperature rise of 2-4 degrees celsius could result in up to $1 billion of damages to water resources in Papua New Guinea alone.
The Pacific region is estimated to require $447 million per year until 2050 to deal with losses to GDP.
This does not take into account the potential hundreds of thousands of people in the Pacific region who may be displaced by the impacts of climate change. Rising sea levels, the loss of crops and the reduction in water will force many away from their homes, resulting not just in the loss of a home, but also in a massive loss of culture and sense of place for these communities.