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Diwigdi Valiente and Farah Faizal in conversation

The Threat of Disappearing Islands and Cultures

Hay Festival 2023, 

Rising sea levels are threatening the coastal communities around the globe, forcing communities to move inland; but what if there is no ‘inland’. Small, low-level islands are at real danger of disappearing under the waves, what happens to the people and their culture. Diwigdi Valiente is an indigenous leader from the Guna peoples of Panama with more than 10 years of experience as a social entrepreneur and consultant on sustainability. A passionate protector of the ocean, they founded the Burwigan Project, an art collective that inspires actions against climate change and plastic pollution within the Panamanian population and indigenous communities. Farah Faizal is the High Commissioner of Maldives to the UK and Ambassador of Maldives to France, Ireland and Spain.
They are in conversation with Hay Festival's Sustainability Director, Andy Fryers.