Portraits of Resilience

Marshall Islands

Climate Change in Marshall Islands
The Marshall Islands is one of the most vulnerable island countries in the world when it comes to the impacts of climate change. Many things are affected by climate change in Marshall Islands, but three things are most commonly affected: coral reefs, temperature, and agriculture.
Marshall Islands Shout Out
In the Marshall Islands there are a lot of things happening. Because of global warming and the changing climate we are facing a lot of problems like the sea level rising, high waves, typhoons, dusty air, and the sun is even hotter the before. The airport link is now swept away by high tides, lines of coconut palms have toppled into the sea, the islands are getting salty. Plants, fruits and trees are dying. All we know are these kinds of trees, plants and fruits. They are our food and medicine, which are part of our culture, tradition and way of life.
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.
The Encroaching Sea
Encroaching seas in the far Pacific are filling the wells of the Marshall Islands. Waves threaten to cut one sliver of an island in two. “It’s getting worse,” says Kaminaga Kaminaga, the tiny nation’s climate change coordinator.
Our Ancestors’ Generation
Starting from the generation of our grandparents back to the generation of our great grandparents and all the way back to our ancestors’ generation -- no one ever had the problems we are facing today. They enjoyed the wealth of this planet. Today we are facing climate change. What is climate change? What is the damage we will be facing? Is climate change preventable or not?
Big Waves, Then and Now
My name is Rodney Kajidrik. I’m 17-year-old Marshallese boy living in Majuro. In 2008 there was an incident where huge waves came on land. Several houses were badly affected at that time. The waves also engulfed this part of the island.