Actions against rising seas

Rising sea levels and Pacific island nations

Climate change represents one of the most significant global challenges of our time, with rising sea levels being a particularly dire consequence. This phenomenon is primarily driven by two factors: the thermal expansion of seawater as it warms, and the increased flow into the ocean from melting ice sheets and glaciers. Pacific Island nations, many of which are low-lying atolls, are on the frontline of this crisis. They face existential threats from the encroaching seas, including loss of territory, homes, and freshwater resources, as well as the disruption of ecosystems and traditional ways of life.

For these nations, the impact of climate change is not a distant threat, but an immediate reality. Islands like Tuvalu, Kiribati, and the Marshall Islands have become emblematic of the vulnerabilities faced by small island developing states. Despite contributing minimally to the greenhouse gas emissions driving global warming, these nations bear the brunt of its impacts. The rising seas threaten to submerge their territories entirely, posing severe challenges to their sovereignty, culture, and survival.

The plight of Pacific Island nations underscores the urgent need for global climate action. It highlights the importance of international cooperation in reducing emissions, investing in sustainable development, and supporting vulnerable communities through adaptation and resilience-building measures. The situation calls for a concerted effort to address the root causes of climate change, ensuring a livable planet for all. 

Impactful actions you can take 

Simple yet impactful actions you can take in supporting Pacific Island nations as they face the challenges of rising sea levels:

  1. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint: Lessen energy use at home, opt for public transport, cycle or walk, recycle and upcycle, and consider renewable energy options. Small changes lead to big impacts.
  2. Support Sustainable Practices: Choose products from companies that prioritize sustainability and reduce waste, especially single-use plastics, which contribute to global pollution.
  3. Educate and Advocate: Share knowledge about climate change's impact on Pacific Island nations. Advocate for policies that protect the environment and support sustainable development in vulnerable regions.
  4. Donate to Climate Action Projects: Consider supporting organisations working on the ground to mitigate climate change impacts and assist communities in adapting.
  5. Join Community Efforts: Participate in local and online initiatives focused on climate action. Unity in action amplifies our collective voice and impact.

By taking these steps, you contribute to a global effort to combat climate change and help protect our Pacific neighbours' homes, cultures, and futures.

Your action, no matter how small, counts.

Rising Tides Collection, 2024.
Image by Jewellery by Toni-Maree
Rising Tides Collection, 2024. Upcycled brass, recycled sterling silver, found beach objects. 

The Rising tides collection

The Rising Tides Collection was designed for the Conscious Adornment exhibition held in the Grey Street Gallery, 226 Grey St, South Brisbane, during Sustainability Week 2024. The exhibition is a response to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and jewellery's role in eco-conscious activism. The Rising Tides Collection addresses the Sustainable Development Goal of 'Climate Change', specifically the need for urgent action to combat rising sea levels in Pacific Island nations.

Artist statement

The Rising Tides Collection seeks to spotlight the urgent plight of Pacific Island nations facing climate-induced sea level rise. Crafted from upcycled materials and Australian shore finds, each piece is more than jewellery; it's a statement of solidarity and a call to action, marked with the coordinates of those most at risk. This initiative aims to spark dialogue, foster awareness, and motivate personal efforts against climate change. Beyond adornment, the rings serve as educational tools, championing sustainable living and support for vital climate actions. With 30% of sales pledged to climate projects, this collection embodies the power of art in rallying for a sustainable future, proving that collective, small actions can indeed protect our planet for generations to come.