Sunday, February 16, 2014

Did you know that...?

The small republic of Maldives in 2009 conducted the first underwater Ministral meeting , the cabinet of the island, located in the Indian Ocean, was taking diving lessons in preparation to celebrate this underwater meeting where a document calling for a reduction in the emission of polluting gases into the atmosphere will be signed.

About ten ministers dove inside and placed around a table in a form of a horseshoe, all accompanied by their instructors. Then symbolically adopted a resolution calling for global action to achieve a reduction of CO2 emissions .

Underwater, the government signed a document calling on all nations to reduce their carbon emissions. Organizers of the conference say they want to highlight the risks of increased carbon in the atmosphere and encourage world leaders to commit to reduce carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million.

About 80% of the archipelago of the Maldives is less than one meter above sea level and is extremely vulnerable to any rise in sea level due to global warming melting polar ice caps.

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