The world’s first climate change refugees

By 2015 the Carteret islands – off the coast of Papua New Guinea- could well be a mirage. The low lying atoll is sinking and sinking fast. The ocean is rising. Salt water has eaten up the shoreline and invaded the gardens. For many, it’s time to pack up and go … but without help from the government, hundreds are stuck on this sinking atoll.Paul Tsube is one of the few who managed to leave early. He didn’t wait for government assistance to migrate. He now lives in Buka, in North Bougainville, where he feels he finally has a future. But leaving his past behind wasn’t easy.“it’s a saddening thing to do, he says with regret. It’s very very sad to leave my parent’s grave, my grandparents grave. it’s not easy to leave a place where you were born.For years he’s watched his homeland go to waste and, at times, his people go hungry. “There are no longer bread fruit trees, banana trees, swampy taro there’s hardly anything that you would grow out there, he laments.”

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One Response to “The world’s first climate change refugees”

  1. thegrip Says:

    This guys an idiot. Bread fruit trees don’t exist.

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