Proposed Maldives Evacuation Alarming to All Island Nations
Posted Nov 28 2008 10:13am
Mohamed Nasheed is the new president of the Indian Ocean archipelago of the
Maldives. He has taken office at the tail end of an opportunity to plan for an
inevitable national emergency. Rising seas fueled by global warming are poised
to render his tropical paradise uninhabitable and ultimately erase it from our
This is no joke!
Now, here is my message for all of my readers as well as global warming
skeptics. President Nasheed is not basing his call for an evacuation plan on the
belief that his country is about to submerge for millennia. He is basing it on
simple facts: we can measure the number of inches which the world’s seas already
have risen in recent years and we know how many trillions of gallons of water
are pouring out of our polar ice caps and alpine glaciers. The need to evacuate
the Maldives in the next few years is a matter of statistics.
So, to everyone relying on the “La-La-La, I Can’t Hear You!” approach to the
global climate crisis, allow me to pose a question: when does it end? How
compelling must the evidence be for you to believe? I realize that some people
are hopeless. Some people could find themselves riding in Dorothy’s cottage as
it flies to the Land of Oz and still deny that spontaneous levitation is
possible but we are not talking about some fantasy here. This is real.
So, if you have adopted the methods of carbon-neutral living which I advocate,
good for you, now, tell a friend! If not, there’s no time like the present.
Through the power of carbon credits, my wife Cat and I have lived carbon-neutral
since 2005 and we are within striking distance of carbon-negative status in
2009. We still have a comfortable existence. We still drive. We have a large
television set. We still travel by air. Yet, we have a very small net carbon
footprint which is about to vanish. If we can do it, so can you.
Get with the program! Your human brethren on the thousands of inhabited
islands of the world need our help!