On the RRS Discovery

Carterets Atoll

Recently I’ve been posting images on @EverydayClimateChange on Instagram. This was today’s entry…

Rose Tsube (bottom left), Manix (centre), Mr and Mrs. Bernard Martha (top left, bottom right) rebuild a sea wall made of giant clam shells on the shoreline, to try and halt erosion of their very low-lying land by the waves, on Han Island, in the Carteret Atoll, situated 80km from Bougainville island,off of Papua New Guinea, in the South Pacific.

Rising sea levels have eroded much of the coastlines of the five low-lying Carteret islands and waves have crashed over the islands – a mere 1metre high at their highest point, flooding and destroying what little crop gardens the islanders have. At the time I took this photo food was in short supply, banana and swamp taro crops were failing due to the salt water contamination of the land, and the islanders lived on a meagre one meal per day diet of fish and coconut. There was talk by the Autonomous Region of Bougainville government to relocate the Carteret Islanders to Bougainville island, but this plan stalled due to a lack of finances, resources, land and coordination. Only a few families have so far relocated.
Whilst the Carteret’s Atolls have many problems, not only climate change, it is none the less low-lying Pacific atolls such as this that will suffer most from rising sea levels and changing weather patterns.

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