About the South Pacific
The South Pacific region takes in a string of tiny countries, all of which are drastically at risk from the threats of climate change and global warming. Although billed as being tropical havens, in truth many countries in the region are faced with the same issues that confront people the world around. Rubbish and waste management, population pressures, coral reef degradation, welfare, land use and competing interests, economic hardship and poverty are hard concepts to envision sitting alongside what we love to perceive as a tropical oasis.
Sandy beaches do stretch forever, and warm ocean waters do lap at the feet. But the reality of the region also needs to take in the other part of the picture, where human existence sit alongside a frail and at risk environment. Explore as many or as few of these issues with your students as you choose and then grab your pastels, pencils and inks and get into some botanical sketching which is inspired by the tropical plants of the South Pacific!
For an in depth discussion of all things South Pacific (including useful eco info), try the South Pacific book published by Lonely Planet as a good starting point. This gives you the basics about all the countries in the region - Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, Samoa and the like, without the need to painstakingly Google search every topic. This book is a good resource for teachers, and could be handy if you plan a holiday in the region at some point too!