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Why this film matters

Because they matter
Something is changing in the Pacific Ocean. Tidal levels are increasing, crops are failing, storms are more powerful, and land is being eroded – all of this impacting the children of the region. On Australia’s doorstop the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific have nowhere to run as climatic changes bring frequent disaster to their shores. Living with constant fear, island communities are forced to face the prospect of having to relocate away from their ancestral homes and start a new life as climate refugees without the connection to their past and sacred sites. From the remote atoll of Ontong Java, to the islands of Guadalcanal, Santa Ana, Santa Christabel and Makira the stories and

evidence are the same – it’s not like the times of old, the trees are gone, the cemeteries are under water, they are now living closer to their farming lands and the pressure is on as the population grows and crops begin to fail. Fading Sands is a documentary that gives a voice to those navigating through the chaos, working to find a new way to live so they can thrive in the changing environment while surveying first hand the damage being caused to their land.During our travels we heard stories of rising sea levels, salt water intrusion, temperature increases and extreme weather events

– all placing pressure on the people of the Solomon Islands. Interviews with the Solomon Islands Department of Climate Change, the former Solomon Islands Prime Minister and other community leaders, Fading Sands brings together many voices affected my the changes happening in their islands. The stories and vision were captured on location in the Solomon Islands and show the world that while the cause of climate change may be disputed, the evidence of what is happening in the Pacific Islands is strikingly clear.

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about what he discovered making the film

Your Voice Matters

Fading Sands highlights the effects of climate change that are happening now. People are going hungry, being forced from their homes due to sea level rise and as a result are losing their connection to their culture. If you lend your voice, it means their voice can be heard. Regional cooperation and support always requires public awareness and positive advocacy to bring about change on a policy level. It’s hard to ignore a person’s story when you see it and hear them from them.

Rising Sea Levels
Sea levels are rising, forcing people to compress into smaller spaces, resulting in less farming land which is placing pressure on communities to survive.
Salt water intrusion
Salt water intrusion is affecting peoples ability to grow crops. When you are subsistence farmers, a crop failure can mean disaster for your family.
People will be displaced
As people are displaced from their homes because of Climate Change, the connection to their islands, their stories, their history, will change.