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  • 11 Apr 2020 by Michael Roman

    This article was originally published in WorldView magazine, a publication of the National Peace Corps Association.


    Day Begins Here

    KIRIBATI: Land is tied to identity. But the land is vanishing.
    BY MICHAEL ROMAN
     

    Kiribati is the center of the world. Here the international dateline crosses the equator. It is the only country to have territory in all four hemispheres—north, south, east, west—and the first nation to see the sunrise of each new day. It is also predicted to be one of the first nations to vanish because of global climate change: summoning powerful king tides, devastating cyclones, and prolonged droughts. In the face of all this, how does a people stay resolute and try to preserve land—and a deeply intertwined culture and identity?

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    Photo courtesy Peace Corps

    Aftermath of a king tide: ocean water in the back yard—and flooding freshwater wells

     

     

  • 09 Apr 2020 by Kate Schachter

    History and ideas from RPCVs for Environmental Action

    By Kate Schachter

    It began as a teach-in on the environment. After years of attempting to influence Congress to take action for environmental reforms, Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, turned to the American public: With actions nationwide, it was time to raise awareness of environmental crises across the country. 

    On April 22, 1970, more than 20 million people across the nation took part in events large and small: students and teachers, mothers and children, scientists and farmers, labor union members and politicians of all stripes. The day was supposed to be a one-off. Instead, it became known as Earth Day—and it marked the beginning of what became known as the “Environmental Decade.” It was a grassroots movement—with some key organizers offering guidance, including RPCV Bryce Hamilton (Guatemala 63–65).

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    Bryce Hamilton, 1970. Photo courtesy Bryce Hamilton.