12 Jul 2015

Ursula Rakova - Carteret Atoll

From Sunday Morning, 9:40 am on 12 July 2015

Ursula Rakova and sea wall made out of giant clams
Ursula Rakova and sea wall made out of giant clams.

Ursula Rakova is the executive director of Tulele Peisa, an organisation set up to relocate Carteret Islanders from their homeland, which is disappearing as sea levels rise.

We hardly have bicycles on the Island, generators on the Island. But we are listening to the music of what others have created. And when I started this programme I was really, really, really, angry about what my people were going through, but over the years I know I just can’t sit down and become angry, I’ve got to tell the world:  this is happening, and we are all in this together. We all need to walk out talk.

Ursula Rakova is helping her community to resettle on Bougainville and find a sustainable future as their Pacific atoll experiences the full force of climate change. She talks to Wallace Chapman.