8 January 2019
Solomon Islands: Further real evidence of rising sea levels affecting a local community.
“Climate change does not respect border; it does not respect who you are - rich and poor, small and big. Therefore, this is what we call 'global challenges,' which require global solidarity.” Ban Ki-moon
Alfred Pagepitu a correspondent writing in the Island Sun newspaper today, Tuesday, 8 January 2019, told how the sea was invading the shores of Saeragi Village in West Gizo in the Solomon Islands Western Province.
Mr. Pagepitu said the people of the village were struggling to fight against the effects and impacts of rising sea levels.
Mr. Pagepitu added in his article (quote)
“Villagers from Saeragi said they felt that their shores are diminishing, due to sea level rise. They questioned what their future would be like if they are not prepared to withstand its consequences.
“A spokesman Mr. Cornelius Vigopala said salt water can reach the lower areas where villagers live and now they have lost trees and coconut trees that supported the coastline.
“The salt water never stops moving, waves roll in and recede and the tides keep rising and continue to move closer to our coastline. Villagers are concern over the issue that continues to affecting our village and coastline but there is nothing much we can do about it to fight against nature,” said Vigopala.
“He said villagers are worried for their future generation.
“He said the community of Saeragi is now experiencing sea level rise and changing weather patterns that contribute to climate change in the rural community.
“Mr.Vigopala is calling on responsible authorities to do more awareness program, based on climate change to educate the rural community of Saeragi.
Climate change affects all of us, and it is up to all of us to take action to ensure a healthy planet for generations to come.