Fast Company discusses Kiribati’s plans to raise itself above the ocean to survive sea level rise. Kiribati is sinking beneath the waves. Instead of abandoning its land, it’s trying to save it. The previous president of Kiribati, a low-lying island nation in the Pacific, predicted that the country’s citizens would eventually become climate refugees, forced to relocate as sea level rise puts the islands underwater. But a new president elected in June now plans to elevate key areas of land above the rising seas instead.