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Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia to Sydney: Pacific Climate Warriors calling all sailboats

By Sue Richards last modified May 15, 2014 02:49 PM
Contributors: 350 Pacific
If you are planning a passage from the Pacific Islands to Australia between September and October this year, you may want to find out more about this Pacific movement for climate change who need your help.

Published: 2014-05-13 00:00:00
Topics: Environment
Countries: Palau (Belau) , Federated States of Micronesia , Kiribati , Marshall Islands , American Samoa , Australia , Cook Islands , Fiji , French Polynesia , Galapagos , Juan Fernandez Islands , Nauru , New Caledonia , New Zealand , Niue , Norfolk Island , Papua New Guinea , Pitcairn Island , Samoa , Solomon Islands , Tokelau , Tonga , Tuvalu , Vanuatu , Wallis and Futuna , Northern Marianas

Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia to Sydney: Pacific Climate Warriors calling all sailboats

Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia: © 350 Pacific

On April 12th, 2014 350 Pacific began building traditional canoes all around the Pacific Islands to carry their message on the issue of climate change. All over the place, young people are connecting with the traditional wisdom and skills of their elders. This network of courageous young Pacific Islanders – from Niue to Tuvalu – are busy learning the skills of canoe building from their elders, are clued up about how climate change is affecting their Islands, and are ready to stand up peacefully but powerfully as warriors for their Islands.

Now they are reaching out to the cruising community to help with providing transit berths for those involved in the movement from the Pacific Islands to Sydney, Australia. They are looking for yachts who can take 1 or 2 keen young Pacific Islanders to Sydney.

The group are looking to transport at least 20 people on sailing boats from islands in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia to Sydney on a voyage that will take place between September and October this year. 350.org will organise visa's for the warrior's and flights home.

Why the voyage to Australia?

To connect with local Pacific communities and the wider public, sharing Pacific Island stories and fighting peacefully for the Pacific islands. Once in Australia an "on the water campaign" will be organised in Sydney harbour with flotillas, canoe races, singing and dancing provided by the Pacific Island community.

Anyone interested in assisting should contact pacific@350.org prior to May 31st.

You can read more about what it means to be a Pacific Climate Warrior by visiting http://350pacific.org/

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