The recent cyclone that hit Fiji on Jan. 11, reminds Sunia Digova Lesivou that climate change will bring even stronger storms to the Pacific.
Hotter temperatures mean more difficult practices, while more intense rain means canceled practices.
Mangroves disappeared after the riverbanks opened up, flooding is more frequent, and storms and rough seas wash away gravel and sand from beneath the village of Gabagaba.
Elia Komaitoga’s climate change experience began on Koro Island, in the very center of Fiji where in 2016 the strongest cyclone ever to hit the Pacific made landfall.
When Category 1 Cyclone Cody recently hit the nation on Jan. 6-14, Waqamoce’s farm was flooded and his vegetables and root crops were washed away. Over the years, he has been experiencing setbacks on his farm because of the change in weather patterns.
Local fisherman in Fiji blame climate change for declines in fish stock.
Fijians grapple with climate change affecting their homeland and what could be washed away.
Maraia Manafau, 24, has seen the effects of climate change firsthand as a fish seller.
Vinesh Prasad is an enthusiastic farmer and who has adapted well to weather changes and is known as one of the most successful farmers in Tailevu, Fiji.