Fiji

What does the Bible tell us about our environment? “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming out of the mangroves we saw the island of Bau lying still in the distance, waiting patiently, as if she was expecting us for thousands of years. The rain pelted down on us as we visited Mateiweilagi, the residence of the Vunivalu (High Chief) who is from the Cakobau Family. Unfortunately, the soil here is being washed away.
 

 Namada Village is located in Kulusei, on the western side of our main island, Fiji. They have set up a “Taboo” or Marine Protected Area (MPA) where no one is allowed to collect any sea shells, crustaceans or fish. They have started a very hard process of regrowing corals by breaking a small branch from the parent colony.

Serua Island is a very small but beautiful island located off the south coast of Viti Levu between Pacific Harbour and the Coral Coast. The island has about 30 homes and almost everyone fishes for a living.

A cemetery, which is now part of the ocean, is evidence of sea level rise. Families used to enjoy horse racing on the beach that is now part of the ocean.
 

Most of the people who live in these communities are not wealthy and get by on subsistence farming and by selling their produce at the local markets. They cannot afford to keep relocating every time the sea level rises or when land is lost due to other related problems.