We do what we can to survive, but we need support from the rest of the world to reduce the impact of climate change
There’s one Sunday in October that I remember clearly.
That morning, my family and I were going to church. The walk there usually took us a few hours.
The track we walked on was the same one I walked along to school. It took us past our garden, where we grew crops and fruit trees.
On our way, my father was telling us stories of when he was younger. He told us about how he loved walking along this same footpath as a child.
After worship, my family were standing in front of the church telling stories and making jokes. I was sitting down and watched as the sea slowly rose up.
I turned my head and listened to my relatives laughing. A few minutes later, I saw the sea had completely covered the track.
There was only 30cm between the top of the wall I was standing on and the sea. I was so surprised and confused. My eyes opened wider.
I quickly ran over to my family to tell them what was happening. They already knew.
The sea levels were rising and the tides were beginning to submerge our islands.
I kept watching the sea as it continued to rise. We were stranded with no way to get home and I was so scared. Eventually, a boat came to collect us.
Five months later, the track had completely disappeared. Today, the area is just a swamp filled with muddy water.
We can no longer use it as a footpath to walk to church or school.
I do not know how we can get our footpath back.
I am scared that our island will continue to be submerged as sea levels keep rising.
We do what we can to survive, but we need support from the rest of the world to reduce the impact of climate change.
Soon, it will be too late.
By Junior Kevin, 17
Country: Solomon Islands
Topic: Sea Level Rise
Photo or video credit: Daily Mirror / Collin Leafasia
Text Credit: Junior Kevin
Date : 25 July 2021