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The First Wave (2009)

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The people of the Carteret Islands are about to make history. They will soon begin abandoning their small chain of islands, as rising seas make them increasingly uninhabitable. These islands are a group of coral atolls, just north of Papua New Guinea. The people will be re-locating to Bougainville, which is a move fraught with cultural and political problems. They will be the first people in the world to make such a move, but they will not be the last.

The First Wave is a documentary about the first climate change refugees. It questions what the response of first world countries should be to this issue and looks at the implications of sea level rise for our whole region. In The First Wave we meet the islanders for the first time and see their island home. We experience their traditional life-style and hear their hopes and fears for the future. There are differing opinions among the Islanders about what they want. But their greatest fear is that no-one is listening.

The people of the Carteret islands sit at a turning point in history. Their relocation, the first of its kind, comes at a time when human induced global warming has become widely accepted as a reality, but there is an alarmingly small amount being done to avert the crisis or deal with problems like the displacement of tens of millions of people or more.

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wiz2dorothys, posted on December 22, 2015

My heart is broken seeing this. We all will be feeling this soon. WE MUST learn to help each other.

nowvoyager, posted on September 15, 2015

We on this earth are in big trouble. Where will we go if the resources of the earth are totally destroyed? This film shows us how self centered we are. I fear for these people. I would hate for them to have to go to the mainland ; their lives will be over. Maybe so call civilization is not really civilized. Maybe we are really insane.

mmarlowe, posted on January 26, 2014

I feel for these people and I agree that we need to do things here on Planet Earth VERY differently, however, I found it sad that people buy into the global warming spin so easily....there is an agenda behind the spin and it isn't there to benefit these people or most others. Our planet has been changing for EONS...and though we need to care for the planet MUCH better, buying into the elitist agenda isn't going to get us there, nor is laying the blame at the feet of others. Accepting the reality that our planet is constantly CHANGING will certainly make the transitions easier

Lolk, posted on July 20, 2012

What has happened to these people? This film was made in the mid 2000's.

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