Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed has told his cabinet members to get ready for an underwater cabinet meeting later this month.
Maldives is a collection of islands and atolls in the Indian Ocean that is less than 2 meters above sea level. Therefore, it is the first country expected to go underwater due to climate change.
Meeting Underwater, Sending a Message to the World
On October 17, the ministers will reportedly meet 20ft (6m) underwater “clad in wetsuits and shouldering compressed-air tanks.” They will communicate using hand gestures and body language.
In an attempt to bring greater attention to the risk of climate change for low-lying nations like Maldives, the President decided this would be a good way to get some attention from the media and world leaders like Obama who are hesitating on certain climate change agreements.
Aminath Shauna from the president’s office says: “It is to send a message to the world. The intention is to draw the attention of the world leaders to the issue of global warming and highlight how serious are the threats faced by Maldives as a result. If we can stop climate change, the lowest-lying nation on earth will be saved.”
Options other than Underwater Meetings
In a more serious way, Nasheed has brought up buying a new country for the approximately 400,000 people who live in Maldives. The nation would buy the land with the hundreds of millions of dollars tourists spend there annually.
Additionally, the president is trying to get one atoll designated a UN-protected biosphere in order to try to protect and save the very unique wildlife and fauna that live on the 1,100 islands.
If America was in such a situation, people might take climate change a little more seriously and be more informed.
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