Don’t know Mohamed Nasheed? You should.
I had never heard of the Maldives until June. A small island 500 miles south of Sri Lanka, the Maldives is one of the countries most susceptible to rising seal levels from climate change. By the end of the century or sooner, there may be no more Maldives.
Last October, Mohamed Nasheed was elected to be the president of this vulnerable country. He has since become one of the world’s most vocal leaders urging greenhouse gas reductions. Nasheed would be impressive even if he didn’t address climate change. His rise from tortured political prisoner in the 1990s to president of a country is truly remarkable (see wikipedia entry). But his willingness to fight for the people of the Maldives and urge the world to action led Bill McKibben to remark yesterday that of all the elections of the fall of 2008, Nasheed’s may have been the most significant.
Check out the video I took from his talk: