Carteret Islands in the Movies Again: Sun Come Up

A new movie on climate change and migration arrived at the 14th annual DocuWeeks called Sun Come Up. You can watch the film between Friday, July 30 and Thursday, August 5 in New York City. Synopsis: Sun Come Up follows the relocation of some of the world’s first “environmental refugees,” the Carteret Islanders – a community […]

As the Land Disappears, an Indian Tribe Plans to Abandon its Ancestral Louisiana Home

(Facing South) October 7, 2009 – For at least 170 years, Isle de Jean Charles — a narrow ridge of land lying between Bayou Terrebonne and Bayou Pointe-aux-Chene in southeastern’s Terrebonne Parish — has been home to members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha tribe, native people related to the Choctaw and part of a larger confederation of […]

Two Films About the Carteret Islanders

There are two films that you should be aware of if you are following the journey of the Cataret Islanders and their ongoing relocation to nearby Bougainville. The Next Wave is a short documentary that received a Jury Award at the Ninth Annual Media that Matters Film Festival. Produced by Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger, […]

Journey to the Sinking Lands

The people of the Carterets Islands, off the coast of Papua New Guinea, are beginning a migration that is likely to continue for years to come. They are relocating to Bouganville, a larger island about 50 miles away across the open sea. The rising sea-levels around their island home has made it impossible to remain […]

Carteret Islanders Begin Relocation Program

(Vimeo: UN University) – In December 2008, the low-lying Carterets Islands were badly damaged by king tides and violent storm surges. Nicholas Hakata, a local youth leader and community representative, explains that he and his family have been surviving on mainly fish and coconuts, and battling the swamp mosquitoes that have brought malaria. With the […]