Pacific Island youth do not want to become "climate refugees"

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Christina Ora, from the Solomon Islands. Photo/UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service NGLS

Climate refugee is not a label a young person would want to be given, an activist with the Pacific Island Youth Council said.

Christina Ora, from the Solomon Islands, was in New York as a youth delegate during the UN Climate Summit representing her region.

According to the UN, many of these low-lying areas are increasingly forced to deal with rising sea levels, inundations and oceans becoming more "acidic" and therefore destroying coral reefs and other species that live in water.

The Pacific Island Youth is looking to incorporate their traditional knowledge with new technology to adapt to the changing weather patterns, she noted.

Speaking to Jocelyne Sambira, Ms Ora began by listing the atolls that are bearing the brunt of the changing weather patterns for now.

Duration: 2'37''

 

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