The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati (population: 100,000) is one of the most remote places on the planet, seemingly far-removed from the pressures of modern life. Yet it is one of the first countries that must confront the main existential dilemma of our time: imminent annihilation from sea-level rise.
While Kiribati’s President Anote Tong races to find a way to protect his nation’s people and maintain their dignity, many Kiribati are already seeking safe harbour overseas.
Set against the backdrop of international climate and human rights negotiations, Anote’s struggle to save his nation is intertwined with the extraordinary fate of Tiemeri, a young mother of six, who fights to migrate her family to New Zealand. At stake is the survival of Tiemeri’s family, the Kiribati people, and 4,000 years of Kiribati culture.
FORMER PRESIDENT OF KIRIBATI – Anote Tong born 11 June 1952 served as President of Kiribati from 2003 to 2016. Tong has been at the forefront of raising global awareness about catastrophic risks caused by climate change.
Tiemeri (Sermary) Tiare
MOTHER IN EXILE – Sermary Tiare was born in Kiribati on the island of Abemara in 1980. Sermary is one of the 75 Kiribati people who was awarded New Zealand citizenship in February 2015 due to rising sea levels that threaten the islands and the irreversible damage that climate change poses to the Kiribati nation.