Maldives President Calls Underwater Cabinet Meeting: Tells His Ministers to Take Scuba Lessons, in Maldives
Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed has asked his cabinet members to take scuba lessons and learn underwater signs in preparation for a cabinet meeting he has called for October 17 — the reason for the lessons and sign language is because the
will be held 20 feet underwater.
The small low-lying nation archipelago averages only seven feet above sea-level, and may be one of the first nations to disappear entirely due to sea level rise from global warming.
“The intention is to draw the attention of the world leaders to the issue of and highlight how serious are the threats faced by Maldives as a result,” said Aminath Shauna from president Nasheed’s office. “If we can stop climate change, the lowest-lying nation on earth will be saved.”
The meeting will take place off the island of Girifushi, a twenty minute boat ride from the capital of Male.