Monday, November 9, 2009

Maldivian Criticism

Remember the Maldivian underwater stunt? Search my October 18 posting, if you don’t. Well, this caper will soon be forgotten, if it is not already forgotten – after all, what is one country even if it is drowning? But staying in the public domain is still necessary if only to highlight the plight of the people inhabiting a string of sinking islands.

Anyway, the president of the Maldives has strongly criticized the world's rich countries for doing too little to stem climate change. Mohamed Nasheed said there was so little money offered to vulnerable nations that it was like arriving at an earthquake with a dustpan and brush (as reported in BBC News today). He is certainly graphic when describing the dire predicament faced by the Maldives and other threatened countries (i.e. African countries endangered by desertification, mountain ones whose glaciers are melting, large Asian ones affected by floods and typhoons, and other small islands like itself). This was an outspoken attack on the G8 rich countries by the leader of a country so low that rising sea levels threaten to submerge most or all of it by 2100. The Maldives stands about 2.1 meters (7 feet) above sea level. As if other governments really care about the fate of these countries, beyond making some sympathetic noises. Mohamed Nasheed is so naïve but then, we can’t really blame him – what is he to do?

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