President of the Maldives: "Please don't be stupid!"
Mohamed Nasheed, President of the Maldives, gives this inspiring speech in light of the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference this December â€“ the last chance we have to take action against â€œthe greatest threat the world has ever facedâ€.
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 â€œradicalâ€ 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.