For local residents of Kiribati like Ioanne, Christmas Day means putting some fish on the fire and sitting down with the family for a feast. Kiribati is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean that includes among its 33 atolls Christmas Island.
Ioanne has been celebrating Christmas on the same plot of land for 50 years. His parents were there before that. But Kiribati does not have many Christmases left. The islands are sinking into the sea and the people will have to find new homes.
“I could remember that in the late 1960s and early 1970s, this plot of land was much bigger than what you see today, said Ioanne, “Probably 40 meters in length, and now it is only about 10 meters left.”
Erosion has reduced the size of his land and now the sea is only one metre away from his house. A seawall has failed to stop the […]