Marshall Islands Expedition
Kõmij mour ijin / our life is here
An arts/science expedition in the Marshall Islands
In June 2023, twenty international and Oceanian artists and scientists will gather for 10 days to sail throughout the northern Marshall Islands. Their mission will be to explore the ways climate change is affecting the Marshallese people and their 3000 year-old culture, as well as the legacy of the 20th-century American nuclear testing program. The Marshalls is a nation of low-lying coral atolls in the North Pacific, considered to be one of the countries most at risk of disappearing due to sea level rise. After having directly endured nuclear Armageddon, the Marshallese now confront the possibility of their home becoming uninhabitable within a single lifetime. Both demons came from afar, and Marshallese resilience and creativity in response to them is an inspiration to the global community that created — and struggles to contain – these same demons. Marshallese atolls and their remarkable people tell an existential story that is deeply relevant to all of humanity.
WATCH this poetic expedition between two islanders, one from the Marshall Islands and one from Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland), connecting both of their realities of melting glaciers and rising sea levels.
Link to their website: https://350.org/rise-from-one-island-to-another/#