Today’s Associated Press coverage of the tiny nation of Kiribati, reveals an interesting – and extreme – continuity plan. “Fearing that climate change could wipe out their entire Pacific archipelago, the leaders of Kiribati are considering an unusual backup plan: moving the populace to Fiji,” the AP reports.
According to the article, “Kiribati President Anote Tong told The Associated Press on Friday that his Cabinet this week endorsed a plan to buy nearly 6,000 acres on Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu.” The $9.6 million purchase “could provide an insurance policy for Kiribati’s entire population of 103,000.” Tong is quoted as saying, “It’s basically going to be a matter of survival.”
Equatorial Kiribati is hard hit by climate change as many of its atolls are just a few feet above sea level. “Tong has been considering other unusual options to combat climate change, including shoring up some Kiribati islands with sea walls and even building a floating island. He said this week that the latter option would likely prove too expensive, but that he hopes reinforcing some islands will ensure that Kiribati continues to exist in some form even in a worst-case scenario,” according to the AP.
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