Communities like those of the the low-lying Majōl (Republic of Marshall Islands), a sprawling chain of islands and islets in the Pacific Ocean, are at the frontlines of climate change. They are at risk of losing everything including their very way of life – to a crisis they did not create.
For the young climate warrior Selina Neirok Leem, climate change is not a distant threat to be negotiated over decades-long timelines. It is the reality of imminent threat to her home, friends, family and future.
By ways of a stirring poem and talk, Seline Neirok Leem explains why she refuses to give up the fight against climate injustice “We’ve been told to move. To become climate change refugees,” she says. “I’m not even sure who would even take us in. But to those who think that we should just accept our fate, I want to say: adaptation and indigenous knowledge are the solutions.”
S+T+ARTS Day is supported by the European Project Repairing the Present which has received funding from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement LC01641664.