Journey to the Sinking Lands

A witness to the world's first evacuation of an entire people due to climate change

Why are you coming?

This project just keeps throwing up hurdles. Ursula, who has previously invited me out to the Carterets, writes today to say this:

Dan, I am giving your request to travel to the Chairman of the Council of Elders (Andreas) as he is now here in Buka. He has asked the purpose of your trip, how your trip will benefit the Carterets relocation program and whom you will advocate your program to.

This office was set up by the chiefs and they wish to know why you’re coming after so many media people have come to the islands.


But, the more I think about it, the more I think it’s a fair question. Why am I going after other media have been there? And what will me going there actually do for them? I think both are bloody good questions for any journalist to ask and I’m going to throw this open while I also have a think about it myself. So, any comments or suggestions are welcome. The email is over there on your right.


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  Rachel Cotterill wrote @

Maybe because the others have been… and left. Because this will only happen once, and someone should be there to document it as it happens, and because the BBC is probably about the only ‘public service’ broadcaster left to do it.

Thinking about whether there’s anything you can do to help them. Take a quick trip to Iceland (virtually if you can’t fly over!) – talk to the people of Heimay who were evacuated from their island when it errupted, but who have subsequently gone back and rebuilt their lives. They will have as good an idea as anyone. But the one thing that strikes me is that you could photograph and video the home that they’re leaving. Document it *for them* – and make sure they have copies to give to their grandchildren.

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