President of the Maldives: "Please don't be stupid!"

Message from the President of the Maldives from Age of Stupid on Vimeo.

Mohamed Nasheed, President of the Maldives, gives this inspiring speech in light of the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference this December – the last chance we have to take action against “the greatest threat the world has ever faced”.

In the video (above) Nasheed announces that his country, which is under severe threat from climate change, will go completely carbon neutral in a decade. He also asks the world to unite against carbon pollution and decarbonize the entire world economy.

The Maldives approached Chris Goodall and Mark Lynas, two British climate change experts, to develop a carbon-neutral plan for its country. The two came up with a “radical” carbon-neutrality plan that includes 155 wind turbines, rooftop solar panels and a biomass plant that will burn coconut husks. According to Goodall and Lynas the Maldives will become completely carbon neutral by 2020. The plan is expected to cost $110 million a year for a 10 year period.

You can read more about the Maldives carbon neutral plans over at the Guardian.

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Simon Leufstedt
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