As Fiji takes a lead role in the UN Climate Change conference in Bonn this week, its own reality back home is a stark reminder of what it's up against.
Sixty-eight villages have been identified as being at risk from the effects of climate change - four of them have already abandoned their coastal settlements and moved inland.
It hasn't been without challenges - apart from the cost which villages are having to contribute to - the emotional attachment and having to leave ancestral land and family graves behind has been hard.
Vunidogoloa in Vanua Levu was the first village to be relocated and the people there told 1 NEWS while it has been difficult, they are relieved to be safe from increasing storm surges and high tides which would sweep through their homes.
They've moved 2km inland.
Fiji is presiding over the COP23 climate change conference this week, the first time a small island nation has taken such a role.