A lady walks through the king tide waters near Lotonui Community Hall, Tuvalu Photo: Rodney Dekker/Oxfam

Our pacific neighbours on the frontline

Our Pacific Island neighbours are on the front-line of climate change. Tidal surges and rising sea levels are destroying people’s homes, gardens and fresh water supplies. Fish stocks are diminishing around bleached coral reefs. Some Pacific Islanders have even relocated inland in an effort to escape the effects of climate change.

Last year Oxfam, together with award-winning photographer Rodney Dekker, travelled to the Pacific to collect stories from Tuvalu and Kiribati islanders on the challenges facing their communities. We also recorded the steps Pacific Islanders are taking to adapt to their changing environment, and asked them about what they thought their future might hold.

Watch the Land is Life series

(5 videos)


  • Land is Life – In August 2010, Australian photographer Rodney Dekker traveled to the Pacific island nations of Tuvalu and Kiribati to capture stories and images of how climate change is affecting daily life on these fragile islands.
  • King Tides in the Pacific – Award-winning photographer Rodney Dekker travelled to Tuvalu in early 2011 to record the impact of the king tides, which weree predicted to peak at more than three metres on 18 February 2011.

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