Island To Be Destroyed By Climate Change. And Poo Infested Waters

Following the tried and true format, everything must be linked to globull warming, which must take primacy

I was born in Rabi, but I now live in South Tarawa, which is home to 50,000 people – about half the total population of Kiribati. It wasn’t always like this – in the last 20 years, the population of Tarawa has grown from about 11,000 people.

Many people have come in from the outer islands in search of education, employment and for hospital visits. This has put a lot of pressure on our environment and infrastructure. Many of our people live in poverty because we lack the basic infrastructure to support such a large population in such a small space. We cannot go swimming along most of the coast because it is too polluted from people using it as a toilet. So for these reasons, our people are very vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

Uh huh. How’s that working out?

Water is our biggest problem, and is a major barrier to development. There are three sources of water – from boreholes, rain and water purified at the government plant. But no one wants to drink the water from the borehole because it is contaminated from people burying their dead all over the island, and from our waste. We’re also seeing the gradual salinisation of the bore water with sea-level rise. At the moment it is only affected by the king tides, but in the coming years it will get worse. Rainwater supply is not very widespread because most people don’t have an iron roof or cannot afford a storage tank.

Oh, so, the sea level hasn’t really gone up, you’re just concerned it might? Goodness! Me thinks you should focus on the crappy water conditions, rather than natural changes that have occurred throughout the life of the Earth.

That is why I’ve been working with the climate change campaigning organisation, 350.org, and other NGOs to run a youth and community climate leadership workshop over the last few days. The workshop will end with a support march of hundreds of locals to the TCCC, where we will urge the government to continue to stand strong and call for an international climate treaty that will limit warming to 1.5C, and sets a target concentration of carbon emissions to 350parts per million, because that is what is safe for our people.

How about teaching them to not treat the water as a toilet first? That would make more sense, dealing with a reality of unsanitary conditions, but, hey, with alarmists, globull warming always comes first.

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5 Responses to “Island To Be Destroyed By Climate Change. And Poo Infested Waters”

  1. John Ryan says:

    Teach 1000 Marines died and 2000 were wounded on that little atoll over the space of 3 short days. Maybe YOU should go over there and teach them a better way to live, instead of telling others that they are doing it all wrong. Lead by example, not by blog.And stop blaming the victims, that is always thought to be the least effective argument to be used in debate. For someone who rails about the sanctity of all human life (abortion) you do not seem to care much for these (stupid) human beings

  2. John Ryan says:

    Teach do you hate ALL Catholics? or Do you just hate the Pope ? Benedict XVI has put solar panels up all over the Vatican and is now carbon neutral. The right wing has a long history of hating Catholics, they were hated by the KKK natavists and by the Nazis also. http://www.newsweek.com/2008/04/16/the-green-pope.html#
    The Pope is not a climate change denier.

  3. gitarcarver says:

    Maybe YOU should go over there and teach them a better way to live, instead of telling others that they are doing it all wrong.

    Oh the irony of that statement coming from a polluter such as yourself.

    But let’s get back to the issue brought up in the article as once again your comprehension is lacking.

    How is the issue of population growth related to climate change? In other words, if the population on Tarawa had not grown, would the island still be susceptible under the theory of “AGW?” The answer is “yes,” so AGW has nothing to do with that part of the problem on Tarawa.

    How “lacking infrastructure” caused by AGW? We saw something similar in the earthquake that struck Haiti, where environmentalists had taken hard stands to prevent any new building codes that would withstand earthquakes and hurricanes. To use your tactic, why do you hate the residents of Tarawa and Haiti?

    How is unsanitary conditions caused by AGW? The only thing I can think of is that those who believe in AGW are so full of it that they add to the sanitation problem. Clearly AGW is not causing the sanitation issue.

    Teach’s point, which you failed to address is that the issues the article brings up are not caused by AGW and will not change unless the people themselves change their habits. Those habits have nothing to do with AGW, but as usual, facts don’t matter to you.

    Benedict XVI has put solar panels up all over the Vatican and is now carbon neutral.

    Good for him.

    How is disagreeing with AGW translate to “hating Catholics?”

    When the Pope makes a statement on “climate change,” is he speaking from the “seat of Peter” or is he making his own statement outside of church doctrine and historical support?

    And just to be clear, Ryan, the left hates churches far more than the right ever did. As you said, the Nazis – who are leftists – hated the Roman Catholic Church.

  4. Stogie says:

    John Ryan, the fact that 1,000 Marines once died on Tarawa has absolutely nothing to do with the discussion at hand. This is obviously a liberal’s attempt to induce shame as a means of argumentation. It didn’t work, just made you look like an ass.

    So Teach should “lead by example”? You mean he should stop burying dead people in his back yard and shitting in the surf? I think he is already doing that. Oh, you mean he should move to Tarawa and do that, or “lead by example.” I really doubt that would be one iota more effective than just telling the residents to clean up their act. Once again, you are just a non-serious liberal trying to impose unrealistic conditions by which Teach is allowed to argue. After all, it’s the only way you can win!

    Sorry John, you aren’t fooling anyone. Your arguments and tactics are both transparent and pathetic.

  5. Like Stogie wrote, what the hell are you talking about, John? There is so much wacked with what you wrote, I’d have to write a massive post to cover it all.

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