President Hilda Heine on Climate Change Crisis in Marshall Islands

Presented by ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

Climate change crisis: an examination of the turbulent history and modern day consequences of the vulnerability of the Marshall Islands.

Low elevation, extreme floods and persistent droughts have left the Marshall Islands and its people at risk of becoming climate change refugees.

Join H.E. President Hilda C. Heine as she discusses the threats facing the Marshall Islands, what lessons we can learn from their journey, and what action needs to be taken now.

The Marshall Islands are located in the Central Pacific and made up of 1,156 individual islands and islets that form part of Micronesia. During the Cold War period, the United States turned the Marshall Islands into a nuclear weapon testing ground. These tests had devastating effects on the environment and the health of the Marshallese people. Radiation levels from the nuclear fallout make many of the northern islands of the Marshall Islands uninhabitable to this day.

About the speaker

H.E. President Hilda C. Heine is currently serving as the eighth President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. President Heine is the first woman to ever hold the presidency of the Marshall Islands, the first female president of any Micronesian country as well as one of only three women in the Marshallese parliament. She is also the first Marshallese citizen to earn a doctorate degree.

About the ST Lee Lecture on Asia and the Pacific

The ST Lee Lecture series was established following an endowment from Dr Seng Tee Lee (ST Lee) of the Lee Foundation in Singapore. It supports an annual lecture that provides the opportunity for a distinguished figure from the Asia Pacific to speak on developments or trends in the region.