National Public Radio in the US is featuring a moving two-part series on global warming and the island nation of Kiribati (pronounced 'Kiribas'). It's an insightful look at the questions and challenges that many people around the world are already facing. How do individuals and cultures adapt to a changing planet? What does it mean to have your country become uninhabitable or disappear beneath the waves?

Much of Kiribati is only six feet above sea level and citizens there are already feeling the impacts of rising oceans due to global warming. Even so, some people, especially older generations, still doubt that climate change is real. After all, they have done very little to contribute to the problem. The majority of global warming pollution is generated thousands of miles away.

As the piece highlights, however, many people, especially youth, are acutely aware of what is happening to their island. One young woman interviewed for the story explains that she talks to her parents about climate change everytime she speaks with them on the phone.

At 350.org, we've had the privilege to work with many incredible people in Kiribati and across the Pacific. Our Pacific Coordinator, Aaron Packard, is full of stories of the dedication, vision, and great spirit, that people bring to their work and organizing there. You can see a few members of the 350 Kiribati family in the photos in this blog post.

We'll be keeping them in our hearts and minds this year as we continue our work with 350.org. The hard truth of the 350 ppm target is that we already live in an era of global warming. With CO2 concentrations at 390 ppm, we're far above the safe level of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere and seeing the impacts of this growing crisis all around us.

These challenges — and the stories of those who are on the frontlines of our changing planet — are inspiration for our work going forward. People aren't only the victims of climate change, they are also the solution. We're excited to rededicate ourselves to building a people powered movement for change in the months and years to come.

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