An insightful account of the personal, societal and cultural experiences at the centre of the climate change crisis in the Pacific islands.
Vanuatu. Marshall Islands. Fiji. The names evoke white-sand beaches, swaying palms and lazy holidays. But in reality these idyllic places are tropical maelstroms of global realpolitik, caught between the world's superpowers, former colonial masters, and the struggle for independence and cultural survival. Even more importantly, these nations are at the frontline of climate change, as rising sea levels, salinity, cyclones and pollution put their very existence at stake.
Based on his extensive travels in the Pacific, Tom Bamforth shows us the people of the islands, their cultures and their lives. From uprisings in New Caledonia to tsunamis in Tonga, this is a book about interaction, race, colonisation, climate change, nuclear testing, resistance, cultural preservation, urban life, the tastiness of well-roasted pig and the pleasures of canoeing at dusk.
With humour and insight, Tom Bamforth presents both an insider's and an outsider's view of contemporary life in the Pacific. Rendered in vivid detail and colour, The Rising Tide masterfully weaves together the stories of Pacific peoples and politics at the forefront of global change.
Tom Bamforth is an aid worker and writer. He has worked in humanitarian response and international development since 2005 when he was caught in the Pakistan earthquake while on an archeological tour of the North West Frontier Province, and he has worked and travelled extensively in the Pacific since 2008. His writing has appeared in Granta, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Island, The Age, and Guardian. He is the author of Deep Field: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Aid Relief (Hardie Grant 2014).
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