Some of the most inspirational elected leaders now pushing for solutions to global warming and other environmental problems come from the countries that stand to be most severely affected by a planetary crisis. A great example is President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives – a small island nation in the Indian Ocean in imminent of being flooded by rising sea levels due to global warming. Nasheed played an instrumental role in the peaceful overthrow of a dictatorial regime in the Maldives, and in 2007 he became the first democratically elected president of that nation. He has brought the Maldives government to the forefront of the fight against global warming, and just yesterday was the first head of state to arrive at the global climate negotiations in Copenhagen – you can read Nasheed’s Copenhagen speech at the link cited below. Under Nasheed’s leadership, the Maldives government has pledged to make the Maldives the first carbon-neutral country in the world, and despite its limited international clout is playing a key role in negotiations over a new climate treaty. Later this week heads of state from many other countries, including President Barack Obama, will arrive in Copenhagen to take part in laying out a treaty. It’s to be hoped that some of them will display the same level of leadership on this issue that Mohmed Nasheed already has.
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