Read this. It’s a transcript from the BBC’s From Our Own Correspondent, describing a journey to the island of Anuta – even smaller and more remote, but in a very similar part of the world. Reading it you realise there are a hundred other worlds out there, all completely different from the one you live in, and each worth protecting. Anuta sounds a wonderful place:
“…the island’s isolation has forged a community spirit that would be very hard to beat. The Anutans have their own word for this, “aropa”, which means love and compassion. It is an ideology that is applied to almost everything they do.
“You can see it at work in the way food and tasks are shared, but it goes further than this.
Bizarrely they even adopt each other’s children.”