We all think about the consequences of our worlds changing climate. Whether you believe the cause of these changes is global warming or natural shift, it's undeniable that the climate changes happening in the world are effecting millions of people every day. While we think about it's effects, we think about the future of it's effects, not the tomorrow. In the small nation of Kiribati, located in the Pacific Ocean south of Hawaii, they have to think about the immediate dangers facing them. When will the waters rise even more? When will their groundwater be contaminated? When will they have to leave? This piece on Mashable, written by Anna Therese Day, is a great introduction to a few of the young generation, currently in their teens, that may very well be the last people who get to live in this land. While the problem of climate change is big enough to think about, it's also not a problem that immediate action can solve. A more pressing problem for many of these Kiribati residents is one question: where will they go? The only nation to thus far publicly say it will accept displaced people is Fiji. The Kiribati government is trying to either buy land from Fiji, or create some deals with other nations to get their people somewhere safe. But still, they don't know what will happen. Will they be migrants? Will they be able to get basic rights and privileges? Or will they be treated, and their children and grandchildren treated, as outcasts wherever they go? When we think about world wide problems like climate change and water shortages, it's easy to think of that as a problem of the future, not of today. But what about those who are faced with the effects today? Let's not only think about the future, but how to help in the now.
Yes it is happening now. Many people expect a dramatic change like in the movie, "the day after tomorrow', but this is not what happens. Rather, there are smaller changes that accumulate one on top of the other. They accumulate because there is a consistent underlying factor which is carbon emissions, but people who still want to close their eyes to reality, will stll ignore some small islands in the pacific that go underwater, I mean, it's not like it happens to Manhattan.