Monday, October 17, 2011
I have finally arrived on Tarawa, in the country of Kiribati, straddling the equator in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. According to legends, it is the centre of the universe ... and I am not so sure I doubt that. Google Earth can give you a good view.
33 atolls, 100,000 people .... and it may be the first country to disappear due to climate change and rising sea levels ... and there are still people that want to deny it's happening. Come here ... it is happening.
Whether you believe human activity contributes to climate change or not ... if there is even the slightest chance it does ... don't you have an obligation to do your part to reduce your possible impact? Come here ... and see the beautiful people and country you may be destroying.
In the following 2 years, while I complete my volunteer assignment with Australian Volunteers International, I hope to show you something about this wonderful place. Maybe, then, you will feel compelled to care more about how your lifestyle choices affect the rest of the planet
... because they do.
From the air, Tarawa can be seen as a narrow (average width is 400 metres) string of atolls. Inside the ring of coral atolls is the lagoon, outside is the open ocean.
The average elevation of the country is less than 2 metres about sea level.
The ring of atolls is broken by a series of channels that allow the lagoon to be filled and emptied by the rising and falling tides. Makes it more challenging to get from one end of the atoll to the other ... man-made causeways have been built to enable easier movement ... but tend to trap pollutants in the lagoon, creating some of the highest counts of e-coli bacteria in the natural world.
Every action has a consequence.