Portraits of Resilience

Warmer Temperatures, Less Water

Yokwe! My name is Evalani Harris and I’m sixteen years old. I’ve lived in the Marshall Islands my whole life.

Yokwe! My name is Evalani Harris and I’m sixteen years old. I’ve lived in the Marshall Islands my whole life.
 
Long time ago, the temperature here in the Marshall Islands was warm but now is very hot. This changing temperature affects us in many ways like, no one wants to stay outside, no one wants to walk, and we get headaches. Sometimes we get skin cancer and other illnesses. And we get thirsty so fast. For that, we need more water. But water is one of the problems here in the Marshall Islands. The amount of water these days is less than before. And it’s all because of climate change.
 
The people who are most affected by the hot temperature are the labourers because they worked everyday under the sun. But they don’t care because they need to provide for their families. And it also affects us all because we live here, we see it and we feel it.
 
I’m also wondering, will the temperature get higher? Will there be less water? Will we fight over water in the future? Will climate change stop?
 
- Evalani Harris