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The story of Kiribati mirrors the modern life in many developing Pacific countries – nations that have fallen to hardship due to global warming and rising sea levels. Kiribati is a small island nation of 33 atolls spread out in the South Pacific; the area is the size of Alaska but the amount of dry land could fit within Manhattan. Inhabited by about 100,830 people, Kiribati is among the world's poorest countries.

Kiribati aroused my curiosity after I'd read an interview with Anote Tong, the president of the small island nation, who warned about his country becoming uninhabitable due to the rising sea levels and increasing salination. As Mr. Tong put it: "Kiribati might already have reached the point of no return. To plan for the day when you no longer have a country is indeed painful, but I think we have to do that."

I travelled to Kiribati for a month to witness first-hand the problems and challenges of the small island country. I focused on photographing the natives and their everyday lives. The story of Kiribati is a complex one, and the rising sea levels are by no means the only threat the country faces. While the country may go the way of Atlantis, there are even more severe and imminent problems with freshwater supply and with salination killing plant life.

The main objective of the project is to invite people from all over the world to really think – and to take action in their everyday lives, to put pressure on world leaders. Not simply to enjoy the photos, but to actively consider what's going on. The people of Kiribati don't want us to just feel sorry for them. They want the world to admit responsibility for their problems related to climate change.


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Ciril Jazbec
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Slovenia
Ciril Jazbec (1987) was born in Slovenia, which is where he first took up photography and visual storytelling. His desire to expand his horizons led him to London where he studied MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication. He is drawn towards stories that reach out and touch you, making you stop, think and take action in the midst of our ever-changing world.

Moved by the story of the disappearing islands of Kiribati, Ciril had endeavored to capture the essence of the place whilst that remains possible. Through encounters with the locals, activists and the President, Ciril addresses environmental issues and offers a testament to the spirit of the people.

Ciril is currently based in London, UK.
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ihamo Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
Wonderful work you have here :D
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JurgendeWitte Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional Photographer
Dear Ciril, I really admire your work. Your Kiribati and Waiting to Move series really hold up a mirror for us all showing the frightening effects of global warming and how it affects whole communities. Both content and technique in this series are very impressive. 

I already followed your work earlier, as a professional photographer and a parttime teacher in a professional photography school in Belgium one of my students recently chose you as an inspirational photographer to introduce to the rest of the class.

Keep up the great work which definitely must raise awareness!
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bacvo Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great works men, I just want to "watch" you ^^
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Mikobi Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Spectacular work! (and great taste in favs! :) ). -K
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LightOverpowers58 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Writer
Your piece "Spirit of the Child" has been featured here.
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jcroxas Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Are you from Slovenia? :D Cool! I visited your country last March, stayed most of the time in Bled but toured around Ljubljana in a while. it is really a lovely country :heart: i cant wait to visit that place again soon. :)
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DOAEliot4 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
You are amazing :)
Everything you do is amazing
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MicahIsMe Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Hello! I wanted to let you know that I used your "Light up my face" picture as a reference for an art assignment, here: [link]
Thank you for the inspiration!
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EllelouiseUK Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing work, thank you.
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iFluffy-Pants Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Kyaa I Like Your Photos!! :icondurrdurrplz:
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