President Mohamed Nasheed has announced the government’s intention to make the Maldives the world’s first carbon neutral country. The President made the announcement after the special screening of the new climate change film, The Age of Stupid. The screening of the film was held tonight at Theemuge’. President Nasheed, Vice President Dr Mohamed Waheed, Ministers, State Ministers and members of the Parliament attended the screening.
The President said people of ages between 30-40 now have a different thinking and that these people would change the future of the world. Further, the President said with foresight we could make good progress with regard to environmental issues.
Stressing that carbon businesses would increase in the future, President Nasheed said the only way we could avoid the negative consequences of this trade, would be by becoming the world’s first carbon neutral country. Furthermore, the President said these changes would bring us prosperity and stressed the need for us to be prepared to bring these positive changes.
The government’s plan is to make the Maldives the world’s first carbon neutral country within the next decade. In this regard, the government has been working with the international climate energy experts to draw up an eco-plan for going carbon neural. A radical shift from fossil fuel to renewable energy production lies at the heart of the eco-plan.
By becoming the world’s most eco-friendly country, the Maldives hopes to attract greater number of environmentally conscious tourists.