Grail member Patricia Gemmell explores the National Themes for Discernment that have emerged and where to next for the Plenary Council 2020.
The Marshall Islands bore the brunt of the United State's nuclear testing with 67 bombs detonated from 1946 to 1958. In the aftermath of these violent tests, radioactive debris was buried on Enewetak Atoll under what is called the Runit Dome. However, as sea levels continue to rise due to the increasing effects of climate change and contaminated marine life is discovered, the integrity of the Dome is being called into question.
The category of Least Developed Country (LDC) was created by the United Nations as a recognition that certain countries face particularly serious obstacles. Currently, there are four Pacific Island nations facing the prospect of graduation from this status - Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Kiribati and Tuvalu.