Posted by: r.m. | October 20, 2009

gov’t meeting underwater

Island Nation of Maldives Holds Cabinet Meeting Underwater to Highlight Danger of Global Warming

AMY GOODMAN: [….] a look at the Indian Ocean archipelago, the Maldives, the lowest-lying nation on earth, which could be submerged by rising sea levels. The government of the Maldives found an innovative way of bringing the world’s attention to the dire consequences of global warming: they held a cabinet meeting underwater. President Mohamed Nasheed and eleven of his government ministers wore scuba gear, plunged nearly twenty feet into the Indian Ocean for a special cabinet session calling for concerted global action on climate change ahead of the Copenhagen conference.

PRESIDENT MOHAMED NASHEED: If world temperatures rise over 1.5 degrees, we won’t be around.

PRESIDENT MOHAMED NASHEED: That would mean not just the Maldives, it—a number of other low-lying countries. We are talking about hundreds of millions of people.

You know, we haven’t done anything to be in this predicament. And we would like to see and try to impress upon other people that they actually consider what is happening to us. And we’ve been saying this: if it was important for countries to defend Poland in the 1930s because it was a frontline state, it’s very important to take care of the Maldives now, because the Maldives and many other small states are in the frontline of what is happening to the world, to climate today. If you can’t defend the Maldives today, you won’t be able to defend yourself tomorrow.

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  1. It is a very interesting idea to hold the meeting underwater and I really hope it brought the attention of the world. I did not realize that the effects of global warming were so close and by a rise of 1.5 degress the maldives will be flooded and people will die. This mechanism is a kind of a positive feedback and, indeed, if we are not able to save these poeple, how are we expecting to save oursleves?


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