“There is a view among many of us that this is failing. What’s the point of having such negotiations if they don’t lead to progress or solutions to problems that are related to the lives of people worldwide?

Maldives UnderWater Cabinet Meeting _ Dr. Ibrahim Didi Minis… _ FlickrWe are not prepared to die. We are not going to become the first victims of the climate crisis. Instead, we are going to do everything in our power to keep our heads above water,”

Mohamed Nasheed, head of the Maldives delegation, at the UN climate conference in Poland, December 2018. The Maldives is an island nation in the India Ocean and it is among countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change such as rising sea levels and coral reef deterioration. Scientific reports have predicted that, is sea levels keep rising at the current rate, the Maldives will be completely submerged in 30 years. To dramatize their plight the Maldives government held an underwater cabinet meeting last year.

Image: Maldives Underwater Cabinet Meeting. By Sindi. Divers Association of Maldives.

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