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Photo: Water Is Rising

Here in the Sonoran Desert, we can feel the impact of forces like drought and climate change more acutely than many other places in the world. But a series of tiny islands in the central Pacific Ocean IS beset by a problem that is the opposite of ours – too much water.

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Photo: Water Is Rising

Rising sea levels are starting to swallow these inhabited places, and that has inspired the people there to take action and send out a delegation. The purpose of Water Is Rising is to ask for the world’s help and share with us the islands’ native music and dance. Their hope is to help everyone to better understand what is at stake when a culture is on the verge of being lost.

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Thursday and Friday, UAPresents is helping “Water Is Rising” to connect with the Tucson community in three ways.

First is a performance and dialogue with students at Cholla High School on Thursday morning.

Friday at noon, {The Center for Creative Photography](http://creativephotography.org/) on the U of A campus will host a panel discussion entitled Vanishing Islands: Culture and Climate Change, featuring members of the performing company discussing the climate change issue with a group of U of A scientists.

The full performance of “Water Is Rising” is this Friday evening, October 21st, at 8:00 pm at Centennial Hall, and it will be followed by a Q & A with the artists.

UAPresents is an underwriter of Arizona Public Media.