Posted by: islandsfirst | July 24, 2008

Homeless

Given the 2-meter average elevation of their homeland and the projected scenarios for mean sea-level rise, this could be what 370,000 Maldivians call home within our lifetime:

Our coasts are already under siege. Our beaches are already eroding. Our land is already being washed away. Our coral reefs, and the marine life that they support, are already dying. Our homes, way-of-life and culture are already at risk. Our human rights are already being compromised, and our very lives are already being imperiled.

– President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom of the Republic of Maldives at the July 8, 2008, UN General Assembly informal debate on “Climate Change and the Most Vulnerable Countries – The Imperative to Act

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: