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CLIMATE CHANGE

“Make Earth Great Again” painted on canvas, held by a man in his 40s. Teachers clutching permission slips next to students who joined the cause. The raucous chanting as we marched down Philadelphia’s Market Street. The Global Climate Strike may have empowered each protester with vigor and hope for...
 The prime minister of Tuvalu, Kausea Natano.
Funafuti, TUVALU — Tuvalu's prime minister says his country is looking to Japan for assistance in creating an "artificial island". Kausea Natano has spoken to Kyodo News about fledgling plans for a major project using reclaimed land from the lagoon by the main atoll, Funafuti. The plans, revealed...
A residential area of Fiji pictured after Cyclone Winston in 2018
Sydney, AUSTRALIA — While the rest of the world wakes up to the climate emergency, people in Oceania have been living it  "for decades", a new report says.  In low-lying nations such as Tonga, Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Fiji, many have already died from climate-related extremes.  Caritas Oceania...
74-year-old Teaga Esekia,
Vaitupu, TUVALU — For 74-year-old Teaga Esekia, a chief from the Tuvalu island of Vaitupu, the ocean is a lifeblood. "Tuvaluans, they have different types of months, not like January to December," said the elderly but agile man, who still climbs coconut trees every day. "They have their seasons...
Mary Moeono-Kolio marching for the climate
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Mary Moeono-Kolio was up past midnight on Thursday, painting banners and stapling flags to poles. Writing chants and rallying her community. For two years now, she's been the coordinator of the Wellington branch of a group that call themselves the Pacific Climate Warriors...
A child in Tuvalu asks the rest of the world to please find a place for her country.
Tokyo, JAPAN — As the Rugby World Cup prepares to kick off in Japan today - the same day a global strike for the climate takes place - a new report has highlighted how three of the smallest countries taking part, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa, are under threat because of the aggressive fossil fuel burning...
I love going back home. In fact, it’s really the only thing that gets me through Harvard’s rough semesters and Boston’s brutally cold weather. Thoughts of returning home to the beautiful beaches and the shimmering Pacific ocean that surrounds my beautiful American Samoa. Memories of riding in the...
Water rising in Aunu'u, American Samoa
Aunu'u, AMERICAN SAMOA — Pictured is the devastation this past weekend, when high surfs caused huge waves to make their way on to Aunu’u Island, flooding homes and raising panic. Residents of Aunu’u are calling on government leaders to find a way to build a much needed seawall for the island, which...
Flood waters surrounding a home in Aunu'u
Aunu'u, AMERICAN SAMOA — The rising sea level on the American Samoan island of Aunu'u has prompted residents to ask the territory's government to deal with inundation damaging homes and schools. One resident, who did not want to be named said government leaders should come and see the damage for...
Tuvaluan children sing a welcome for Pacific leaders at Funafuti airport.
Funafuti, TUVALU — The Pacific Leaders Forum in Tuvalu is shaping up to be a fiery one as superpower interests threaten to push aside regional concerns. Island nations consider climate change to be the biggest threat facing the region but western powers, such as Australia and the US, are more...

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