Different observers have different standards regarding what makes a really impressive environmental leader – but one leader who is definitely near the top of the list is President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldive Islands, a small island nation in the Indian Ocean. Mohamed Nasheed played an important role in a non-violent social movement that just a few years ago successfully overthrew a dictatorship in the Maldives – and he went on to become the first democratically elected president of his country. Now Nasheed has made pushing for domestic and international solutions to the climate crisis a priority for his government. It’s easy to see way, as the Maldives average only about seven feet above sea level, and are in imminent danger of being flooded by rising ocean waters. Nasheed has pledged to make the Maldives the first carbon-neutral country in the world, and right now he is in Copenhagen pushing for a strong and legally binding international climate agreement. As the Copenhagen talk wrap up, it is to be hoped that other world leaders will join the effort, and display the same level of leadership that President Nasheed is already showing.
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