Have you ever been to the Solomon Islands? The country of the Solomon Islands is suffering from very bad climate change, including increased droughts, unpredictable storms, and rising sea-levels. Another issue is unemployment for many Solomon Islanders, which can lead to social problems like more crime.
Many people are unemployed in the Solomon Islands, homeless and don’t have enough to eat. Masta Luis is a popular term in Solomon Islands’, referring to someone who wanders aimlessly about the streets. Masta Liu is often used to describe people who don’t have work. Generally, there are too few jobs to go around. Almost one-third of the Solomon Islands’ population is living in poverty.
Climate change is another big problem, causing it to get very hot on the islands, making it hard to grow crops. A lot of the tides are coming above the waterline in the islands. During high tides and strong winds, which are becoming frequent, some islands are now completely covered in the water. A recent study found that at least eight islands in the Solomon Islands have disappeared due to rising sea levels.
“We are trying to address food security, which can affect the growth and health of our people. Our people need to eat a balanced diet and nutritional food, but with effects of rising sea level, food crops like taro in Ontong Java are dying. The coastal people depending on swamp taro and local ferns are losing their source of food due to the salinity of the swamp.” (Lawrence Nodua, an islander)
Interesting facts about Solomon Islands:
- They have many World War II sites; One of the largest islands honours fallen Allied soldiers at its U.S. War Memorial
- The official language is English
- They mainly eat fish for their fanciest food
- Usually, any meat is cooked and served with sweet potatoes, rice, taro roots, cassava, taro leaves and many other vegetables
- It isn’t safe to drive a vehicle, to walk at night, not even in a group
- The country consists of six major islands and over 900 smaller ones
In conclusion, the Solomon Islands are not doing so well. They need stronger house material to survive the tropical storms. The sea-level rise is ruining the resources so they can’t make sturdy, safe homes. To fix this, they should build houses higher up on a different higher island. Also many islanders are unemployed. To help with this I think that they shouldn’t have slaves so the poor people can work. I think the Solomon Islands can be helped and I think everyone should help the country.