Vutia village is one of the many coastal villages in the Pacific and around the world that is now showing the effects of climate change. One of these effects is the rising sea level in their community. In the last 10 to 15 years, residents have noticed a gradual rise in the sea level as it slowly comes inland.
On the island of Laucala, which is also part of Vutia, a number of the inhabitants have been inconvenienced a great deal from the negative effects of global warming. A large amount of land that was once part of the coast is now fully submerged when the tide comes in. Sea levels have risen, killing plant life in the process. Residents that used to live there have had to relocate further inland because the place they once called home is now uninhabitable. All along the shoreline there are dead trees and plants that show the extent of the problem.
Dredging work is now taking place at the mouth of the river where Laucala Island sits. However, this work is just adding to the problem as sand is being dumped on the island killing coconut trees and other plant life that the villagers depend on for food.
Most of the people who live in these communities are not wealthy and get by on subsistence farming and by selling their produce at the local markets. They cannot afford to keep relocating every time the sea level rises or when land is lost due to other related problems.
— Darren Hickes
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