The Island President

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If you still don't believe in global warming, then you should look at The Island President. This documentary DVD, released in 2011, follows President Mohammed Nasheed of the Maldives on his quest to save his islands from the rising sea. The Maldives are a group of 1200 islands over 400 mile of sea in the Indian Ocean that are only 1.5 meters above the ocean. It's the lowest-lying country in the world. Experts predict the oceans will rise more than this if global warming continues. One island has already lost 300-feet of beach to erosion as the ice caps melt and sea levels rise. Even the fish are becoming scarcer and scarcer, effecting the major industry of the island nation. President Nasheed sets out to convince other nations to reverse global warming by reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

Nasheed starts with the AOSIS (Association of Small Island States). Despite their reservations, he asks them to agree to a joint document which shows their unified support of his cause. He then travels to England to speak to Parliament. Nasheed tells them his country can't wait any longer - the threat is imminent. He then talks to the United Nations, and heads to the World Climate Summit in Copenhagen. Nasheed talks privately with leaders of India, China and the United States. He wants the countries to agree to lower CO2 emissions to 350 ppm (parts per million). They agree in principle to his request.

Nasheed was elected President in 2005 after 30 years of an oppressive regime. When he took office, he realized that global warming was the most important issue for his country. Unfortunately, in 2012 he was forced to resign as the military leadership threatened a coup d'état to return the former tyrant. At that time, CO2 emissions were measured at 387 ppm compared to his target of 350 ppm.

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