Political Turmoil in a Sinking Paradise- Maldives President and Environmental Activist Mohamed Nasheed Resigns

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How does the survival for those on the drowning islands depend on politics, diplomacy, and the political stability of their respective countries? Environmental activist Mohamed Nasheed, until today President of the Maldivian coral atoll nation, resigned from the presidency today amid rioting. Time will tell what happens to the political structure and well being of his country in the wake of this news. But at the very least, this illustrates the tenuous nature of the small victories that the drowning islands experience as they fight for climate justice. 

The full story is available here: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/07/world/asia/maldives-president-resigns/?hpt=hp_t1

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Strategically located in the Indian Ocean but extremely poor, the country is threatened by rising sea levels. Nasheed once held a Cabinet meeting underwater, with ministers wearing scuba gear, to highlight the problem.

Maldives is also grappling with a very likely possibility that it will go under water if the current pace of climate change keeps raising sea levels.

Most of it lies just 4.9 feet (1.5 meters) above sea

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change has forecast a rise in sea levels of at least 7.1 inches (18 cm) by the end of the century.

Male is already protected by sea walls. But creating a similar barrier around the rest of the country will be cost-prohibitive.

Soon after his election, Nasheed raised the possibility of finding a new homeland for the country’s approximately 400,000 residents.

He is the subject of an upcoming documentary, “The Island President,” that tells the story of his efforts to raise awareness of climate change.

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One response

  1. andy meakins

    This is very sad news. President Nasheed was a very special president. He made the country better and made it the face of drowning islands. I have a very distinct and sad feeling that there won’t be the same focus on the people or the dangerous issue of climate change and its impact on their many tiny islands. Authoritarian rule may set the impending relocation planning back another 30 years. They probably don’t have that long to wait.

    February 7, 2012 at 7:05 am

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