Maldives government takes a dive for climate change

By James G. Robertson, National Geographic Digital Media

A story from the BBC caught our attention yesterday about a creative way the president of the Republic of Maldives, a small island country in the Indian Ocean, and his cabinet are trying to draw attention to the issue of climate change.


Aerial photo of Male Atoll, Republic of Maldives.  NG Photo by James L. Stanfield.

The president and his cabinet will be holding a meeting, a press conference and will be signing a document calling on the world to take climate change seriously–all under water.

Because most of the island country lies about a meter (3.2 feet) above sea level, according to the BBC, the country is at risk of disappearing with even a minor change in sea level.

According to a UN Web site, sea levels are predicted to increase 18-58 centimeters (7-22.8 inches) by the end of the century. 

The dive is planned for October 17, ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December. 

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