16 Mar 2009 03:03:11
Maldives launches carbon neutral plan
Mohammed Nasheen, the new president of the Maldives, has revealed a new commitment to tackle climate change in the island nation.
The country, made up of around 1,200 islands, is under significant threat from rising sea levels as it lies at just 1.5 metres above sea level.
Mr Nasheen hopes to make the country carbon neutral by 2020 and provide a blueprint for other nations to follow.
"We understand more than perhaps anyone what would happen to us if we didn't do anything about it or if the rest of the world doesn't find the imagination to confront this problem," he told the BBC.
"So basically, we don't want to sit around and blame others, but we want to do whatever we can, and hopefully, if we can become carbon-neutral, and when we come up with the plan, we hope that these plans also will serve as a blueprint for other nations to follow."
The president revealed his plan on Sunday, following the screening of new climate change film The Age of Stupid, which includes a commitment to renewable energy. http://www.presidencymaldives.gov.mv/pages/eng_news.php?n...