Marie Michael Library
An Evergreen Island
In 1972 an Australian mining company began commercial production from a copper-ore deposit on the South Pacific island of Bougainville. After 17 years of protest, the people of Bougainville forced the mine to close. To pressure the people into reopening the mine, Bougainville was blockaded by Papua New Guinea. The unsuccessful nine-year blockade kept away food, medical supplies, fuel and humanitarian assistance from the island. This video shows how Bougainvilleans used alternatives to survive without these essentials and rebuild their communities.