Welcome to Kiribati – Hello and Goodbye

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Islands are the greatest places to live … until they are not.

There is nothing better than being surrounded by water on all sides: beach or bay, just having that vista is preferred. Until, higher tides come in … and stay.

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Welcome to Kiribati, an island nation (archipelago of 33 atolls and reef islands) in the central Pacific Ocean. This nation is strategically located at the crossroads of the Eastern and Western Hemispheres, straddling the equator and the International Date Line; so it is the only country in all 4 hemispheres. (Source: Wikipedia)

CU Blog - Welcome to Kiribati - Hello and Goodbye - Photo 1Say ‘Hello’ to Kiribati.

Kiribati is also the first country expected to lose all its land territory to global warming. In June 2008, the then-President Anote Tong said that the country has reached “the point of no return.” He added, “to plan for the day when you no longer have a country is indeed painful but I think we have to do that.”[31][32][33][34]

This just got real …

The book Go Lean…Caribbean and accompanying blogs have asserted that there is no guarantee that countries and/or cultures must survive. Some of them do not!

Remember the Babylonians, Mayans, Lucayans, and others. Despite the array of archeological evidence of their historicity, their culture (language and traditions) simply no longer exist.

Kiribati can also no longer exist. In fact, in early 2012, the government of Kiribati purchased the 2,200-hectare Natoavatu Estate on the second largest island of Fiji, Vanua Levu. At the time it was widely reported[35][36][37] that the government planned to evacuate the entire population of Kiribati to Fiji. In April 2013, President Tong began urging citizens to evacuate the islands and migrate elsewhere.[38]

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We could … say ‘Goodbye’ to Kiribati. See the VIDEO here:

VIDEO – Kiribati: The country killed by Climate Change – Truthloader – https://youtu.be/-jMddhJNr9U

Published on Jun 18, 2014 – Kiribati is a tiny nation of 100,000 people living on dozens of islands over a huge area of the South Pacific. And it is set to become the first state completely destroyed by climate change. The government estimates the country will vanish beneath the waves by 2050 due to rising sea levels and coastal erosion, and has an official policy of evacuating the native population. At the same time, it is doing everything it can to protect the pristine ocean environments within its territorial waters, so that even once the country is gone the nature will survive. It’s a pretty sad story.
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The fate of Kiribati is a cautionary tale for the Caribbean. “There but for the Grace of God go I”.

The Go Lean book anticipated the Agents of Change impacting the region, Climate Change is most prominent. This is the direct result of the excessive amount of carbon emitted into the planet’s atmosphere. The Small Islands States like Kiribati and the Caribbean are not the BIG polluters most responsible for this disposition – the US is #1 and China is #2 – but we are among the most affected. So we need to be front-and-center in the protests and advocacy for Climate Change mitigations.

The book Go Lean…Caribbean – available to download for free – prepares the Caribbean region for the heavy-lifting of monitoring, managing and mitigating the acute risks of Global Warming, Climate Change and rising sea-levels. We must act now!

The book serves as a roadmap for the introduction and implementation of the technocratic Caribbean Union Trade Federation (CU), for the elevation of Caribbean society – for all member-states. This CU/Go Lean roadmap has these 3 prime directives:

  • Optimization of the economic engines in order to grow the regional economy to $800 Billion and create 2.2 million new jobs.
  • Establishment of a security apparatus to ensure public safety and protect the resultant economic engines.
  • Improve Caribbean governance to support these engines, including a separation-of-powers between the member-states and CU federal agencies.

The book stresses that there are external and internal considerations. As any one country in the Caribbean region may be too small to get attention of the watching world, the whole region on the other hand – 30 member-states and 42 million people – operating as a Single Market and One Voice can have more of an impact.  Internally, we must “get our own house in order”, so the effort is to reform and transform the Caribbean societal engines as part of this regional pursuit. This was an early motivation for the roadmap, as pronounced in the opening Declaration of Interdependence (Pages 11 – 13):

i. Whereas the earth’s climate has undeniably changed resulting in more severe tropical weather storms, it is necessary to prepare to insure the safety and security of life, property and systems of commerce in our geographical region. As nature recognizes no borders in the target of its destruction, we also must set aside border considerations in the preparation and response to these weather challenges.

iii. Whereas the natural formation of the landmass for our society is that of an archipelago of islands, inherent to this nature is the limitation of terrain and the natural resources there in. We must therefore provide “new guards” and protections to ensure the efficient and effective management of these resources.

iv. Whereas the natural formation of the landmass is in a tropical region, the flora and fauna allows for an inherent beauty that is enviable to peoples near and far. The structures must be strenuously guarded to protect and promote sustainable systems of commerce paramount to this reality.

xi. Whereas all men are entitled to the benefits of good governance in a free society, “new guards” must be enacted to dissuade the emergence of incompetence, corruption, nepotism and cronyism at the peril of the people’s best interest. The Federation must guarantee the executions of a social contract between government and the governed.

xvi. Whereas security of our homeland is inextricably linked to prosperity of the homeland, the economic and security interest of the region needs to be aligned under the same governance. Since economic crimes … can imperil the functioning of the wheels of commerce for all the citizenry, the accedence of this Federation must equip the security apparatus with the tools and techniques for predictive and proactive interdictions.

xxiv. Whereas a free market economy can be induced and spurred for continuous progress, the Federation must install the controls to better manage aspects of the economy: jobs, inflation, savings rate, investments and other economic principles. Thereby attracting direct foreign investment because of the stability and vibrancy of our economy.

The Go Lean book provides 370-pages of turn-by-turn instructions on “how” to adopt new community ethos, plus the strategies, tactics, implementations and advocacies to execute so as to monitor, manage and mitigate the challenges of Climate Change.

In addition, these previous blog-commentaries detailed a lot of the issues and developments for the Caribbean’s Climate Change efforts:

http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=11442 Caribbean Roots: Al Roker – ‘Climate Change’ Defender
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=9455 Fix ‘Climate Change’ – Yes, We Can
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=7449 Due to Climate Change, ‘Crap Happens’ – So What Now?
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=7103 COP21 – ‘Climate Change’ Acknowledged
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=6893 A Meteorologist’s View On Climate Change
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=6016 ‘Hotter than July’ – Reality in the Caribbean
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=4673 Climate Change‘ Merchants of Doubt … to Preserve Profits!!
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=2465 Book: ‘This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate’
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=2276 Climate Change May Affect Food Supply Within a Decade
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=2119 Cooling Effect – Oceans and the Climate
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=1883 Climate Change May Bring More Kidney Stones
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=1817 Caribbean grapples with intense cycles of flooding & drought
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=926 Conservative heavyweights have solar industry in their sights
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=915 Go ‘Green’ … Caribbean

We must learn from Kiribati – and other locales – and prepare our homeland as well. We must prepare for the good, bad and the ugly (think extinction). Things can get better, we can make our homeland a better place to live, work and play – but this is not automatic; this quest will require a lot of heavy-lifting. 🙂

Download the free e-book of Go Lean … Caribbean – now!

Sign the petition to lean-in for this roadmap for the Caribbean Union Trade Federation.

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