Mohamed Nasheed: president of the Maldives islands. Photo courtesy of britannica.com
Forget all the mumbo jumbo you’ve heard about global warming: it’s a conspiracy, it doesn’t exist, it’s a myth conjured up by tree-hugging hippies, etc. Climate change is real. And Mohamed Nasheed is here to bring you a reality check in five, four, three, two, one…
Mohamed Nasheed is the former president of an archipelago of 1,200 islands lying in the Indian Ocean, also known as the Maldives. Nasheed is also one of the leading international voices in the realm of climate change.
Aerial shot of the Maldives islands. Photo courtesy of free-desktop-backgrounds.net
Imagine these prosperous, vast, mountainous First-World countries (I’m looking at you, Canada) emitting CO2 like it’s nobody’s business. Now imagine you are a small, low-lying chain of islands who’s on the brink of existence thanks to the rising water levels created by these CO2 emissions. You would be crying out for help too.
With a rise in water levels of merely three feet, the Maldives would become completely submerged under water. Nasheed understood this, and fought hard on the international stage during his presidency to convince other countries to join in on climate change initiatives.
The Island President, directed by Jon Shenk, follows Nasheed from his first year of presidency to his famous trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009. During this time, he urged the world to act quickly to stop the consequences of climate change, pleading for the very existence of his country.
With the chatter about climate change happening all around us, it’s natural to want to turn a blind eye to the problem. You might think, “What difference will it make if I recycle this bottle?” But it makes a difference. This small decision may just result in the salvation of the Maldives! No pressure…
My family recently received a small grant from the government to upgrade the appliances in our home to more “energy efficient” models. We’ll see how it pans out in the end, but you never know until you try.
What are you doing to stop climate change?