Worlds First Underwater Cabinet Meeting Held in Maldives

by OldSailor on October 17, 2009


World’s first ever underwater cabinet meeting was held in Maldives on October 17. The underwater meeting is part of world wide campaign by international environmental NGO to bring atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide to the safe threshold of 350 parts per million (ppm) from the present level of 387 ppm.

Some interesting features of the underwater cabinet meeting in Maldives are:maldives_underwater_cabinet_meeting_1

  • Meeting to draw global attention to the pressing issue of climate change.
  • Meeting held about four metres below sea level at Kaafu atoll, Girifushi.
  • President Mohamed Nasheed signed a declaration calling for global action on climate change. The statement will be presented at the landmark UN climate change talks in Copenhagen this December.
  • Prior to the meeting, ministers took scuba diving lessons from Divers Association Maldives (DAM). President Nasheed is already a PADI Advanced Open Water diver.
  • President Mohamed Nasheed and his ministers dressed in scuba suits used hand signals and slates to communicate underwater during the meeting.
  • The signed wet suits of the ministers are being auctioned to raise money for coral reef protection in the Maldives.

Here are some more photographs of the underwater cabinet meeting.

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View more photographs from Presidency Maldives’ Photostream.

Read more from The President’s Office – Republic of Maldives.

All the above photographs are from The President’s Office – Republic of Maldives.

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