Pacific Rising is the Beginning of A Plan to Adapt to Future Change, But it Must Start Now.
There is no longer time for disputing cause, assigning blame or arguing about mitigation versus adaptation. This is an emergency. The alarms have sounded. We cannot prevent the coming calamity, whether we slow its approach or not. Kiribati and the other low-lying developing nations will do their part to meet the challenge, but they cannot do it alone. We are hopeful that the COP 21 agreement reached in Paris will be aggressive and unifying, but it will not change the impact of sea level rise on Kiribati and other low-lying coral atoll nations. For them it may already be too late. A collective global effort on the scale of the Marshall Plan is a moral imperative—and is the only thing that might save these nations.