Friday, January 7, 2011

On Assignment

I decided to make this blog for invited readers only for a few reasons. It is and always was intended for my friends and family to read along and be part of the journey. For this trip to Tuvalu I'll be on assignment with Tribal Link, so it's important to be clear that these ideas and words expressed on this blog are my own- I am certainly not speaking for Tribal Link. However, my colleagues and I will be keeping up another blog on the Tribal Link website. Check it out! We'll have daily photos and (crossing my fingers) videos.

If you've gotten this far, thanks for reading! Much more interesting stuff to come...
Counting down: 1 day + 21 hours

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Countdown: 1 week + 12 hours


Our mission in Tuvalu next week is to find out how we can help this small, remote nation of 9 atoll islands in the South Pacific in their goals to promote sustainable living to their population. I was invited by the (amazing) NGO, Tribal Link, to help Tuvalu design and build a Center for Environmental Education, and a sustainable model home- an Eco-House. Tuvalu's indigenous people are at risk of losing their ancestral land due to rising sea levels, thus the world is at risk of losing yet another indigenous culture. This project may not save their land from being swallowed by the sea, but part of our goal is to educate the people about living sustainably to prolong their time on the islands, and part is about sending a message to the international community about Tuvalu, climate change and climate justice. Much much more on that later...

So I'll be flying out next Sunday with my two teammates, Tom and Kristiane. Tuvalu only has one airstrip, and receives just 2 flights per week, and since it takes nearly 2 days to get there, we arrive on Tuesday and leave the next Tuesday.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tuvalu in Cancun

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Stats

My official itinerary:
Tuvalu - January 9-19, 2011

To include a whopping:
4 flights each way: JFK - LAX - Nadi, Fiji - Suva, Fiji - Tuvalu
21 hours in the air (each way)
33 hours of total travel time (each way)
7 days on the Funafuti Atoll of Tuvalu

Counting down... 6 weeks...

Friday, September 10, 2010

Creeping, nibbling...

The most fascinating photos and writings of Tuvalu I've been able to find on the internet:

Copyright Jocelyn Carlin 2006
See more:
http://www.carlin.co.nz/gallery.php?gid=24&ds=1