The people of the Carteret Islands, a coral atoll off the coast of Bougainville, in Papua New Guinea, have been called the world’s first climate refugees.
Like many low-lying islands in the Pacific, the Carterets have been experiencing the effects of climate change first-hand. They have watched as their shorelines have been eroded by the sea, king-tides have swept right across their small islands, and salt water has literally bubbled-up through the ground.
We hear from Ursula Rakova, director of Tulele Peisa, which is coordinating the migration of Carteret islanders to Bougainville.
"We need to act, and we need to act now... Australia needs to act immediately... we cannot wait anymore" -Ursula Rakova.
Guests: Ursula Rakova (Tulele Peisa); Wendy Flannery (Climate Frontlines, FoE Brisbane)
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Phil Evans, Bec Horridge, Eiddwen Jeffery, Judith Peppard & Jacob Gamble