Kiribit:The Islands Being Destroyed By Climate Change

Kiribit:The Islands Being Destroyed By Climate Change
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Date/Time
Date(s) - 06/25/2019
7:00 pm

Location
Maple Grove Library

Address
8001 Main Street
Maple Grove, Minnesota , 55369

Website
https://bit.ly/2wokBVl

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On Tuesday, June 25, at 7 pm, there will be a program about impacts of climate change and rising sea levels on low-lying island nations at Maple Grove Library.  The program is free and open to the public.

June 20 is World Refugee Day.  Rising ocean levels and other impacts of climate change will displace millions of people over the next few decades.  The program on June 25 will provide information about the island nation of Kiribati, where residents are already being displaced due to rising sea levels, increasingly severe storms, and loss of fresh water.

Chris Brown who was a Peace Corps volunteer in Kiribati, now speaks regularly to groups about climate change impacts on low-lying island nations.  One point that Chris Brown makes is that while its severe storms that make the headlines, a quieter but generally more critical problem is that salt water is infiltrating people’s sources of fresh water for drinking and cooking.  Kiribati is a nation in the south Pacific that was previously known as the Gilbert Islands.  It has a population of about 120,000.  The film shows how residents of Kiribati are torn between the desire to somehow preserve their homeland and the pressures on them to consider finding a way to move to other countries like Fiji or New Zealand.

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