An island nation in the Pacific is considering moving its entire population to nearby Fiji, amid concerns that climate change could destroy their land.
According to the Associated Press via CBSnews.com, Kiribati President Anote Tong said in an interview that his Cabinet has endorsed a plan to buy nearly 6,000 acres on Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu.
Kiribati, with a population of just over 100,000, is a chain of 32 islands located on the equator northeast of Australia.
“We would hope not to put everyone on one piece of land, but it became absolutely necessary, yes we could do it,” Tong said.
Tong commented in The Fiji Times that the relocation efforts are in response to many of the islands becoming increasingly affected by the rising sea level.
The land in Fiji, being sold by a church group for about $9.6 million, would be more for the younger generations, said Tong. “It’s basically going to be a matter of survival.”