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In Kiribati, youth use video to show climate change is reality

NEW YORK, USA, and TARAWA, Kiribati, 19 June 2012 – Nineteen-year-old Bwenateuea Iona thinks a lot about climate change and the future of her country, the Republic of Kiribati. Kiribati’s total land mass is only about 717 square kilometres, with a population of around 100,000. The island faces further overcrowding because of shrinking coastlines due to climate change. Bwena knows that many people outside the Pacific region are not aware of Kiribati at all, but thanks to a recent OneMinutesJr. workshop held on Tarawa Island, she was able to craft a short film about her country’s beauty and its future.

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