People in Fiji worry about their homes – level 3

10-08-2022 07:00

Before climate change’s impact, the inhabitants of Fiji’s Serua Island thought they would spend all their lives in one place. However, the community is struggling to adapt to the Pacific Ocean’s rise. At high tide, the ocean breaches the sea wall, and it floods the village and people’s gardens. Villagers are facing floods, erosion, and extreme weather; they must decide whether to stay or relocate to Fiji’s main island to secure a future for the next generation.

In 2014, a similar community successfully relocated from their old village, which made Fiji the first Pacific Island nation to relocate a community because of sea level rise.

Many Fijians believe that developed nations contribute the most to global warming; they want them to curb their emissions and pay for the work that islanders have to do.

Difficult words: breach (to break a hole), relocate (to move to a new place to live or start business there), curb (to control the growth).

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