350 Pacific

350 Pacific is a youth-led grassroots network working with communities to fight climate change from the Pacific Islands and diaspora.

350 Pacific works with organizers across 18 Pacific Island nations and diaspora communities in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States of America to highlight our island countries’ vulnerabilities to climate change while showcasing our strength and resilience of people. We work through existing networks and with a range of partner organizations who share in our vision for the Pacific and the planet. 350 Pacific has organized and facilitated workshops to educate and empower youth in the region, and through our many campaigns, have amplified the voices of frontline communities in the face of the climate crisis.

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350’S GLOBAL ORIGINS

Founded in 2008 by author, environmentalist, and activist Bill McKibben, 350.org has grown from its humble beginnings into one of the world’s largest creative activism groups. 350’s campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by thousands of individuals and volunteer organizers in over 188 countries. Together, we believe that action will bring us closer to climate safety, and a more sustainable climate system.

NOW IT’S THE PACIFIC’S TURN TO TAKE UP THE FIGHT

“There are still some who believe that climate change is a distant threat but for us, it is a present threat. It’s happening now and our people are being affected now” Hon. Tessie Eria Lambourne, Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Immigration for the Government of Kiribati.

350 Pacific marks another step in our journey. The people of the Pacific Islands are among the world’s most vulnerable to climate change, but 2014 marked the year that we begin to do something about it. It’s time for the proud people of the Pacific Islands to join forces with 350 to say enough is enough. We need to stand up against the Fossil Fuel industry, stand up against climate change, and show the world that it’s not prepared to sit back and wait for the tides to rise. It’s time to #StandUpForThePacific!

 

What does it mean to be a Warrior?

From our Pacific Climate Warrior in Kiribati, “It means critically challenging the faults of Western-centric development systems that continue to harm the environment. Show strength by taking solidarity action for a common purpose to leave the planet earth better than when we found it. It also means courageously speaking up, mobilizing and scaling up our efforts as a community to ensure that all human rights and dignity of vulnerable and marginalized communities are honoured and defended”. Itinterunga Bainteit. 

A warrior is resilient. A warrior is not aggressive or violent but is assertive. A warrior serves to protect their community, culture, land, and ocean. A warrior is always learning. A warrior responds to the needs of those around them and of the greater good. A warrior non-violently stands their ground against an adversary, injustice, and oppression. A warrior respectfully embodies their local culture and traditions. A warrior is accountable for their actions and words. A warrior serves those who cannot fight for themselves – future generations, animals, plants, and environments. 

350 Pacific Structure

350 Pacific is the Pacific arm of 350.org that supports frontline communities affected by the climate crisis throughout the Pacific region and Diaspora communities in Australia, New Zealand, and the US. This structure is best represented by our Fale, where our country teams support the foundation. Our pillars, who hold up the beams, represent the four groups in the Pacific and Diaspora. The Secretariat, who is the 350.org Pacific staff, upholds the administrative duties of the Fale, which is guided by our Council of Elders. This structure creates the Pacific Climate Warriors network around the Pacific Region, including the Diaspora community in Australia, New Zealand, and the USA.

“Being a Pacific Climate Warrior is being someone you hope your grandchildren could be proud of. It’s being committed to a movement fighting for climate justice because of the love you have for your islands and future generations. Being a warrior is being someone who is motivated by love and justice”. Brianna Fruean

350 Pacific Secretariat

Fenton Lutunatabua

Head of Regions,

Suva, Fiji. 

Joseph Sikulu

Pacific Regional Director,

Sydney, Australia. 

Jacynta Fa’amau

Pacific Campaigner,

Melbourne, Australia. 

Drue Slatter

Asia Pacific Communications Manager,

Tokyo, Japan. 

George Nacewa

Pacific Organizer,

Suva, Fiji.

Wilfred Wendt

Pacific Digital Organizer,

Suva, Fiji.

 

Contact us today: [email protected]

Council of Elders 

The Council consists of two representatives from each region (Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia). Two representatives from the Pacific Diaspora and a single youth representative. At its inception, the Council of Elders is the decision-makers giving guidance and direction to the Pacific Climate Warriors’ work.

Makerusa Porotesano

Diaspora Council of Elder,

Portland, USA. 

Arianne Kassman

Melanesia Council of Elder,

Port Moresby, PNG. 

Alisi Rabukawaqa

Melanesia Council of Elder,

Suva, Fiji. 

Taufu’i Naufahu

Polynesia Council of Elder,

Tongatapu, Kingdom of Tonga. 

Inangaro Vakaafi

Polynesia Council of Elder,

Wellington, New Zealand.

Milañ Loeak,

Micronesia Council of Elder,

Majuro, Marshall Islands 

Brianna Fruean,

Youth Representative, 

Auckland, New Zealand. 

350 Pacific Country/City Coordinators 

Mia Kami

350 Fiji Coordinator, 

Suva, Fiji.  

Contact 350 Fiji

It’s best to contact us on Facebook 

Additionally, 350 Fiji can be contacted at [email protected] 

Bill Cava

350 New Caledonia Coordinator, 

Nuemare, New Caledonia. 

Contact 350 New Caledonia 

It’s best to contact us on Facebook 

Additionally, 350 New Caledonia can be contacted at [email protected] 

Christopher Lam, 

350 PNG Coordinator, 

Lae, Papua New Guinea. 

Contact 350 PNG

It’s best to contact us on Facebook 

Additionally, 350 PNG can be contacted at [email protected] 

Silasi Savara,

350 Solomon Coordinator, 

Honiara, Solomon Islands. 

Contact 350 Solomon Islands 

It’s best to contact us on Facebook 

Additionally, 350 Solomon Islands can be contacted at [email protected] 

Isso Nihmei

350 Vanuatu Coordinator, 

Port Vila, Vanuatu. 

Contact 350 Vanuatu  

It’s best to contact us on Facebook 

Additionally, 350 Vanuatu can be contacted at [email protected] 

Na’asipa Naufahu,

350 Tonga Coordinator,

Tongatapu, Kingdom of Tonga. 

Contact 350 Tonga   

It’s best to contact us on Facebook 

Additionally, 350 Tonga can be contacted at [email protected] 

Siusiusalafai Papalii, 

350 Samoa Coordinator, 

Apia, Samoa. 

Contact 350 Samoa   

It’s best to contact us on Facebook 

Additionally, 350 Samoa can be contacted at [email protected] 

Jamal Talagi Veidryaki

350 Niue Coordinator, 

Wellington, New Zealand. 

Contact 350 Niue  

It’s best to contact us on Facebook 

Additionally, 350 Niue can be contacted at [email protected] 

Arawatau Bwebwetaake,

350 Kiribati Coordinator, 

Tarawa, Kiribati. 

Contact 350 Kiribati [email protected]

Bryant Zebedy,

350 Marshall Islands Coordinator, 

Majuro, Marshall Islands. 

Contact 350 Marshall Islands  [email protected] 

Kalo Afeaki

350 Pacific Wellington Coordinator, 

Wellington, New Zealand. 

Contact 350 Wellington, New Zealand   

It’s best to contact us on Facebook 

Additionally, 350 Wellington, New Zealand  can be contacted at [email protected] 

Christopher Tenisio

350 Pacific Auckland Coordinator, 

Auckland, New Zealand. 

Contact 350 Auckland, New Zealand   

It’s best to contact us on Facebook 

Additionally, 350 Pacific Auckland, New Zealand  can be contacted at [email protected] 

Salome Matangi

350 Pacific Sydney Coordinator, 

Sydney, Australia.

Contact 350 Pacific Sydney, Australia  

It’s best to contact us on Facebook 

Additionally, 350 Pacific Sydney, Australia can be contacted at [email protected]  

Folole Tupuola

350 Pacific Melbourne Coordinator,

Melbourne, Australia. 

Contact 350 Pacific Melbourne, Australia  

It’s best to contact us on Facebook 

Additionally, 350 Pacific Melbourne, Australia can be contacted at [email protected]   

Mary Harm

350 Pacific Brisbane Coordinator, 

Brisbane, Australia. 

Contact 350 Pacific Brisbane, Australia  

It’s best to contact us on Facebook 

Additionally, 350 Pacific Brisbane, Australia can be contacted at [email protected] 

Kevin Henderson, 

350 Pacific Portland Coordinator, 

Portland, USA. 

Contact 350 Portland

It’s best to contact us on Facebook 

Additionally, 350 Portland can be contacted at [email protected] 

 

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350 Pacific works with organizers across 18 Pacific Island nations and diaspora communities in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States of America to highlight our island countries’ vulnerabilities to climate change while showcasing our strength and resilience of people. We work through existing networks and with a range of partner organizations who share in our vision for the Pacific and the planet. 350 Pacific has organized and facilitated workshops to educate and empower youth in the region, and through our many campaigns, have amplified the voices of frontline communities in the face of the climate crisis.

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