Something is changing in the Pacific Ocean. Tidal levels are increasing, crops are failing, storms are more powerful, and land is being eroded – all of this impacting the children of the region. On Australia’s doorstop the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific have nowhere to run as climatic changes bring frequent disaster to their shores. Living with constant fear, island communities are forced to face the prospect of having to relocate away from their ancestral homes and start a new life as climate refugees without the connection to their past and sacred sites.
From the remote atoll of Ontong Java, to the islands of Guadalcanal, Santa Ana, Santa Christabel and Makira the stories and evidence are the same - it’s not like the times of old, the trees are gone, the cemeteries are under water, they are now living closer to their farming lands and the pressure is on as the population grows and crops begin to fail.
Fading Sands highlights the effects of climate change that are happening now. People are going hungry, being forced from their homes due to sea level rise and as a result are losing their connection to their culture. If you lend your voice, it means their voice can be heard.
Regional cooperation and support always requires public awareness and positive advocacy to bring about change on a policy level. It's hard to ignore a person's story when you see it and hear them from them.