Maldivian bloggers are also pretty outspoken. I rather like this one.
Also, something I find unique in a Muslim country, the members of the government actually seem to have a sense of humour or at least of ironic self-publicity.
Can’t imagine the King of Saudi Arabia doing that. Now, this brings me to the main point. The Maldivian President has become an outspoken advocate of reductions of carbon emissions as he fears his low-lying nation will be submerged by the middle of the century.Members of the Maldives' Cabinet donned scuba gear and used hand signals Saturday at an underwater meeting staged to highlight the threat of global warming to the lowest-lying nation on Earth.
President Mohammed Nasheed and 13 other government officials submerged and took their seats at a table on the sea floor — 20 feet below the surface of a lagoon off Girifushi, an island usually used for military training.
Who is ultimately in charge ? And who exactly is this who President Nasheed ? You are saying the people are in charge and NOT Allah. But how can a Muslim place the responsibility for climate change and rising sea levels on mere human shoulders? The Koran is quite explicit that Allah is in charge.Here in the Maldives, it's easy to see why the math of the current climate change debate just doesn't add up -- and why negotiators are going to have to work a lot harder before the Copenhagen climate conference if they're interested in the survival of much of the planet.
No-one in the Maldives is applauding the recent pledge of the G-8 nations to try and hold temperature increases to 2 degrees and the atmospheric concentration of CO2 to 450 parts per million. A few years ago, those might have been laudable goals, but new science makes clear they're out of date.
We need emergency action all around the world to curb emissions. It won't be easy -- to get back to 350 (part of CO2per million) the world needs to wean itself off coal before 2030, and immediately end the deforestation pouring carbon in the atmosphere. Few politicians really want to tackle something that hard, but it's not impossible. The Maldives has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2020, using the wind and sun to power the entire nation. If that can happen in a relatively poor, developing country, it can happen anywhere. What we lack is not technology, but political will.
The climate is near a tipping point -- when the Arctic suddenly melts and the glaciers disappear, that's a very bad sign. We need our political system to cross a tipping point, too, to move from feel-good statements to actual solutions, cutting emissions quickly enough to meet the demands of science. But politicians are reluctant to act unless the people act first. The events in New York and on October 24th provide ordinary people with the opportunity to make their voices heard and, in doing so, remind politicians who is ultimately in charge. »
Do Maldivians see the contradiction between their official discourses and their official religion, Islam ?24:43 Art thou not aware that it is God who causes the clouds to move onward, then joins them together, then piles them up in masses, until thou can see rain come forth from their midst? And He it is who sends down from the skies, by degrees, mountainous masses [of clouds] charged with hail, striking therewith whomever He wills and averting it from whomever He wills, [the while] the flash of His lightning well-nigh deprives [men of their] sight!