A Marshallese Poet Speaks Out On Climate Change

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner traveled halfway across the Earth to read her poem on how climate change is affecting her island home to the United Nations.
By Chrystèle Bossu-Ragis /

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner is a young Marshallese mother from Majuro, an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Political leaders there say climate change is a threat to the very existence of the islands and their people, so it was fitting that Jetnil-Kijiner was selected from hundred of candidates to read a poem that she wrote for her infant daughter, Matafele Peinem.

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