Hope and Resilience in Kiribati: A report on a visit to Kiribati with a PCP delegation in August 2017

By Dr Usha Harris, media and communication academic at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

In July this year I had the opportunity to visit Kiribati for the first time as part of an Australian delegation organised by Pacific Calling Partnership and hosted by KiriCAN (Kiribati Climate Action Network). I went to Kiribati with a misperception that there was little hope for its people who faced a bleak future due to sea level rise. Instead, I returned inspired by a resilient people who refuse to sit and wait for the world to save them from the impacts of climate change. They are focused on finding sustainable solutions in turning the resources of the ocean and the thin sliver of land on which they live to productive use.

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KATEP 2017

In 2017, the fourth year of the KATEP program, Mangila Kilifi and Erietera Aram represented Kiribati and Aso Ioapo and Saineta Sioni represented Tuvalu.

The two week educational and advocacy program took place in Sydney, Australia. It provided participants with training in climate change advocacy, leadership skills, storytelling and public speaking; it included a two-day visit to Newcastle; an outreach program to educate and strengthen Pacific connections around climate change and opportunities to lobby key members of the Australian community. It helped develop and solidify the participants’ confidence and experience in being climate change activists and leaders.

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