Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed has warned that the world is set to sign a “global suicide pact” unless it agrees a deal in Copenhagen next month to limit greenhouse gas emissions.
“At the moment every country arrives at climate negotiations seeking to keep their own emissions as high as possible,” President Mohamed Nasheed said in Male. “This is the logic of the madhouse, a recipe for collective suicide,” Mr Nasheed said.
“We don’t want a global suicide pact. We want a global survival pact.“
The Maldivian President was inaugurating a two-day meet of 11 nations considered the most vulnerable to climate change, urging them to go carbon neutral, in a bid to show the rich world the way forward.
“A group of vulnerable, developing countries committed to carbon neutral development would send a loud message to the outside world,” Mr Nasheed said, adding that they needed to make a commitment to carbon neutrality.
Mr Nasheed had called the meeting of the world’s least polluting smaller states, including Kiribati and Barbados, in a bid to hammer out a common stance ahead of the Copenhagen summit.
“If those with the least (pollution) start doing the most, what excuse can the rich have for continuing inaction?” he asked. “We know this is not an easy step to take, and that there might be dangers along the way.”
“We want to shine a light, not loudly demand that others go first into the dark.“
Maldives which is a tourist paradise due to its secluded beaches, coral reefs and scenic beauty portrayed by white-sand, is one of the most vulnerable nations to go under water due to effects of global warming. Almost 80% of the island nation is less than a metre above mean sea level.
More than 190 nations are set to meet for UN talks this year in Copenhagen between December 7 and 18, aiming for a post-2012 treaty to slash emissions and control global warming. The new treaty will take place of the Kyoto Protocol which is slated to be phased out in 2012.
Maldives has recently witnessed a lot of accelerated pro-active efforts to become a carbon neutral nation. The nation has tried to attract global focus on the issue with various programs. The Maldivian cabinet had convened underwater in one such program in October. These programs were part of the 350 campaign program. Maldives has also commissioned a project to set up a 75-MW capacity wind farm earlier this month.
The Gaafaru wind farm project inaugurated by the Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed on Monday includes 30 turbines and is expected to provide the nation with 75 MW of power, powering the capital city Male, the international airport island of Hulhule’ and a number of luxury tourist resorts. The project has been installed at a cost of estimated USD 200-million funded by foreign direct investments.
The 350.org website has posted an online petition to support President Nasheed’s survival pact, announced at the Vulnerable Climate Forum, last week.
350 org, the world renowned international environmental organization has begun a petition to garner international support Survival Pact proposed by President Mohamed Nasheed during the recently held Vulnerable – 14 (V-14) summit.
The petition is available here.