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Posted on Sustainabilitank.info on April 15th, 2009
by Pincas Jawetz (pj@sustainabilitank.info)

From: Franny Armstrong <franny@spannerfilms.net>
Date: Tue, Apr 14, 2009

At the live event in the solar tent – and therefore down the satellite link to the other 65 cinemas – we had a hot-off-the-press video clip from the president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed: “Today, I can announce to you and the world that the Maldives will be the first carbon neutral country in the world. The cost of this probably will be high, but please understand that failure to act will cost us the world. If the Maldives, a small relatively poor country can achieve a big reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions there can be no excuse from richer nations who claim that going green is too complex, too expensive or too much bother. Now the world has an opportunity to come together and prevent the looming environmental catastrophe. This opportunity as we all know is called Copenhagen. And let’s be very frank about this. Copenhagen can be one of two things. In can be an historic event where the world unites in a collective spirit of cooperation and collaboration. Or Copenhagen can be a suicide pact. The choice is that stark. My message to you, my message to the world, is simply this: please don’t be stupid.”

Cue the only standing ovation of the entire event. Followed by a rather neat summary from Mark Lynas: “This is more than just an amazing announcement. This is potentially a game-changer for the entire negotiations on climate change worldwide.”
The video message is up on the Maldives own website, which is well worth a look in itself. There was also a double-page in the Observer, followed by a brilliantly-titled column written by the President, “Why we are opting out of this pact with the devil”. And at the Bonn negotiations (one of the meetings leading up to Copenhagen) last week some activists presented the Maldives delegation with a giant Not Stupid certificate. See pics attached and Leo’s witty report here. (So the Maldives got the first Not Stupid certificate and Global Warming Swindle director Martin Durkin got the first Stupid certificate on Newsnight the other week. Worked out rather nicely.)
The only downside is that we can’t take the lovely Maldivians up on their open offer for some serious holidaying round their place. Goddamn flying.

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