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Speaking tour on the climate change precipitated relocation of atoll peoples in Papua New Guinea, and the implications for climate justice in an Australian context

The visiting speakers will be:
Ursula Rakova, director of Tulele Peisa, the Carteret Islands relocation program in Bougainville
Pais Taehu, Chairman of the Coalition of the Atolls – Temarai Association – comprising the four atoll groups within the Bougainville political boundary
The tour, scheduled from 9 to 22 April, will include speaking events in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.
There will also be a range of networking opportunities, engagement with politicians, and media activities.  
Please see below for full details on the events (this will be updated as each event is confirmed).
Friends of the Earth Australia is proud to be hosting this tour with a range of partners, including Caritas


In 2005, after years of watching land being swallowed by the ocean and crops and water sources contaminated by salt water inundation, the elders of the Carteret Islands decided to initiate a relocation program to mainland Bougainville.  In 2006 they set up Tulele Peisa, an organisation to assist with the relocation process. 

An “in principle” agreement was reached in 2007 between the national government of PNG and the Autonomous Bougainville Government to resettle the 6,000 inhabitants of the Carterets and three other atoll groups – the Mortlock, Tasman and Fead Islands – to the large island of Bougainville.  However, no outcomes have been reached to date from this agreement.


The Carteret elders recruited Ursula Rakova, herself from the Carterets, as director of Tulele Peisa, meaning in the Halia language “Sailing the waves on our own”.  It has continued to operate as an NGO, with its programs made possible with donations of land by the local Catholic diocese, and funding from a range of mainly overseas donors.

In 2007 Tulele Peisa became an affiliate of Friends of the Earth Australia


Beyond Coal and Gas conference (NSW). Details on the conference available here).

Mon 11 April: presentation on the International Plenary panel at Beyond Coal & Gas


All the forums below are free events.


Sydney: Public event on Tues 12 April.

Peter Cosgrove Centre, Tenison Woods House - Australian Catholic University 8-20 Napier St, North Sydney

Starting time 6pm.  Media opportunities from 5.30pm.  Light refreshments afterwards.

Brendan Joyce: 0413 990 580

Eventbrite registration page for Sydney event.


Melbourne: Thursday April 14. Public forum, 7 - 8.30pm.

Melbourne event co-hosted with Oxfam Australia and University of Melbourne Student Union Environment Department.

Elizabeth Murdoch building, Melbourne University

Enter off Swanston Street. It is just south of Tin Alley/ Elgin Street. Also known as the Old Pathology building.

Facebook page for the event available here.


Geelong: Evening event. Friday April 15.

All Saints Chapel

113 Noble St, Newtown (Geelong)

6 to 8 pm

Facebook page here.

For information: Tony 0447619736 

Hosted by the Centre for Climate Safety



Date:                     Tuesday 19 April, 7 - 9pm

Venue:                  SANDBAG Community Centre, 153 Rainbow St, Sandgate

Co-host:               Year for Peace group

Facebook event page for the evening.

Contacts:            Janine Quine 0432 607 751

         Wendy Flannery 0439 771 692


QLD: Wednesday 20th 12noon

Venue:  Lecture Theatre 7, Sippy Downs Campus, University of the Sunshine Coast


Brisbane: Wednesday 20th, evening

Speaking and dialogue event with members of church communities

Details to be confirmed.


Brisbane: Thursday 21st.

A Conversation with Peoples of the Pacific about Climate Change Induced Relocation

Hear about the climate change induced relocation of atoll peoples in Papua New Guinea. 

  • What action do Australians and Australia need to take to support them? 
  • What role should churches play? 
  • How do we offer our support in a respectful way to the peoples of the Pacific as they face the challenges of climate change?

The gathering is hosted by the Catholic Justice & Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Brisbane in collaboration with Friends of the Earth. 


Date:       Thursday 21 April, 7 – 8.30pm

Venue:   Aspinall Centre, St Bernard’s Catholic Parish, cnr Klumpp & Logan Rds, Upper Mt Gravatt

Light refreshments will be provided. 

RSVP:     By Monday 18 April to [email protected] or on 3324 3451



For further information, please contact Wendy Flannery: [email protected] or 0439 771 692