One hundred days before world leaders gather in Copenhagen for the UN Climate Change Conference, this film highlights the dilemma facing one man in charge of a vanishing island state in the Pacific. The islands of Kiribati were among the last places to be colonized by mankind. Now climate change and rising sea levels mean they may be the first to be abandoned. Elected in 2003, President Anote Tong must decide the fate of his people. Should he plan for an orderly evacuation of the islands? Or should he persuade his people to tough it out instead? Tong believes that it’s ordinary people like the Kiribati islanders who are too often forgotten as countries negotiate measures to combat climate change. ‘The President’s Dilemma’ looks at the challenges Tong faces from the climate, the wider world and from his own people.
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