Pacific Islands Forum- Anneka Brown’s Diary: On the front-line

Saturday August 10, 2019 Written by Published in Opinion
Anneka Brown with loadmaster Michael Linke  in a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules transport plane, flying medical equipment, generators, mosquito nets and bicycles to Tuvalu. 19080908 Anneka Brown with loadmaster Michael Linke in a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules transport plane, flying medical equipment, generators, mosquito nets and bicycles to Tuvalu. 19080908

I’m excited to be a part of this year’s Pacific Islands Forum Regional Media Team going to Tuvalu.

I will be reporting for Cook Islands News readers on what our leaders in the Pacific are doing to strengthen our strategies and future.

Soon, journalists from all over the Pacific will converge on these important meetings that centre around safeguarding the Pacific’s islands from disasters and sustaining its oceans.

Today I boarded a special flight from Nadi to Tuvalu on a Royal Australian Air Force planes.

Sadly, Tuvalu is the perfect location to show the effects of climate change – the vulnerable atolls are just a couple of metres above sea level.

Climate change will be a big discussion this year because understanding the possible future climate of Tuvalu is important for the people who live there.

But climate change is a major threat to all of the low-lying islands of the Pacific.

In Rarotonga, there’s so much controversy over water disinfection with the use of chlorine but Tuvalu has bigger problems trying to combat coastal erosion, flooding, and the salinisation of soils affecting crops.

The nation could be easily wiped out by a disaster and it’s terrifying for those people who could lose everything.

Tuvalu is a country on the frontline of climate impacts and seeing this for myself will surely be an experience.

-Anneka Brown is at the Pacific Islands Forum.

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