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Symbolic act from Maldives for the world

October 27th, 2010

What is the first thing that came into your mind from the photo above?


















What if there’s something (although slightly) common with this below?

Answer: The second photo is the President of the United States swimming in the Gulf, signifying it is safe to return to the beaches after the world’s worst offshore oil spill.

The first one is the President of Maldives, installing solar panels on the rooftop of the Mulee Aage, the official residence of the president of the Maldives.

The Maldives, a tropical archipelago of 1,190 coral islands spread out over 500 miles (860 kilometers), averages only about 5 feet (1.5 meters) above sea level, making it vulnerable to sea level rise and typhoons.

The Maldives ranks 168 out of 186 countries in carbon output, according to the World Resources Institute’s Climate Analysis Indicators Tool.

Nasheed says 16 of the islands already face serious erosion problems, and on 60 islands important freshwater sources have been contaminated by saltwater intrusion. The nation also worries that the depletion troubling its fishing industry, its second-largest economic sector next to tourism, is due to changes in the global climate.

For the Maldives, climate change . . . is not a problem in the future, It is a problem that we are facing every day. – Nasheed

For a nation so small, their President is showing how important it is to go for renewable energy.

What’s the rest of the world working on?

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