Carteret Islands Tribal Chief in Singapore

I had the pleasure of meeting Bernard Tunim, a chief of the Carteret islands in Singapore (17 Dec 2009) on his way home from the Copenhagen Climate Conference 2009, Dec 7-18. He was the sole representative of his island at the Summit. At the Summit, Bernard was given the privilege of speaking on behalf of his people to highlight the challenges facing them in the face of climate change. Watch The Sea is Killing Our Island Paradise by telegraphuk where Bernard shares more of his thoughts on this.

Fresh from the Copenhagen Climate Summit, Bernard is really excited about Project LiveFish, a transformation project that provides a holistic solution to the plight of the Carteret Islanders that combines making a living within the business of making life.

When I did a Google search on the Copenhagen Climate Summit, it produced 20,900,000 results. Climate change is a hot topic but for the Carteret islanders, it is not just a topic discussed over coffee but a reality with consequences that may mean losing the only home they have.

Ultimately climate change is not just about the science of it but involves the economics and therefore politics of rich and poor nations. This is where the dynamics of self interest, money and power will determine the issue of emission controls.

Not only were there reports of increasingly ill-tempered negotiations taking place but Guardian UK reported on 8 Dec that “The UN Copenhagen climate talks are in disarray today after developing countries reacted furiously to leaked documents that show world leaders will next week be asked to sign an agreement that hands more power to rich countries and sidelines the UN’s role in all future climate change negotiations.”

Meanwhile, Bernard Tunim, the tribal chief will not be waiting for global leaders to decide their future. The Carterets islanders have found the solution in their own backyard, the God-given natural resource of fish abundant in their waters. Project LiveFish provides the road map for the Carteret islanders, empowering them to find a solution for themselves through partnership with friends who will assist them. If you are interested to know more about Project LiveFish, click here.


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