Members of the Maldives’ Cabinet including President Mohammed Nasheed, met underwater to highlight the threat of global warming to the lowest-lying nation on earth. They met 20 feet (6 meters) below the surface of a lagoon off Girifushi, Maldives.

 

“What we are trying to make people realize is that the Maldives is a frontline state. This is not merely an issue for the Maldives but for the world,” Nasheed said.Source: www.google.com

 

They signed a document calling on all countries to cut down their carbon dioxide emissions ahead of a major U.N. climate change conference in December in Copenhagen

Maldivian President Mohammed Nasheed signs a document calling on all countries to cut down their carbon dioxide emissions ahead of a major U.N. climate change conference in December in Copenhagen in Girifushi, Maldives

 

Nasheed had already announced plans for a fund to buy a new homeland for his people if the 1,192 low-lying coral islands are submerged. He has promised to make the Maldives, with a population of 350,000, the world’s first carbon-neutral nation within a decade.

“We have to get the message across by being more imaginative, more creative and so this is what we are doing,” he said in an interview on a boat en route to the dive site.

Nasheed, who has emerged as a key, and colorful, voice on climate change, is a certified diver, but the others had to take diving lessons in recent weeks.

Three ministers missed the underwater meeting because two were not given medical permission and another was abroad.

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