Listening to Nauru - colonialism and climate change.
Over a century of phosphate mining has eaten out the small Pacific island nation of Nauru. While the mining continues, today Nauru is better known as the site for Australia's offshore detention camp incarcerating people seeking asylum.
Amongst all the media coverage of Nauru, what is too often missing is the voices of Nauruans. Today on Earth Matters we're listening to Nauru, to its people and environment.
Anja Kanngieser is a political geographer and sound artist, based at the University of Wollongong, NSW. Anja’s current project 'Climates of Listening' is researching environmental justice and self-determination in the Pacific, focusing on community-lead responses to climate change. Anja recently returned from Nauru and joined me in the studio to discuss the project and share some of what they heard.
Guests: Anja Kanngieser (UOW); Darius, Erena, Nodel and Ronphos (Nauru residents)
Earth Matters #1197 (#1167) was produced by Teishan Ahearne.
Em Gayfer, Megan Williams, Pauline Vetuna, Teishan Ahearne, Bec Horridge & Nicky Stott