Friday, October 9, 2009

350, it is more than just a number.

Despite the arguments by the skeptics there is a lot of evidence we see, here and feel that tells us climate change is real and global warming is affecting everything. The melting of ice causes rise in sea level and the increase in ocean temperature destroys the very coral reefs that is meant to guard the islands from the sea. Decrease in fisheries and an increase in irregular violent weather are just a few examples of what's happening.

The science is clear but the politicians haven’t made up their mind yet. Not all of them. And most of them are not on the same level on ways to combat climate change. So to make them listen and to make them care a movement called 350 started some years back. The focus is on the number 350 which stands for 350ppm of carbon in the atmosphere. Currently the concentration of carbon in the atmosphere is 387ppm and it is continuing to rise. We need to bring it down to 350ppm which is the maximum we can have. Otherwise life as we know would cease to exist. Humanity will suffer and the earth would just die out.

On October 24th which is marked as international day of climate action, people from all around the world, all countries and territories would be having actions which promote the number 350. The idea is to have many demonstrations so as to grab the attention of the media and make the world leaders listen to the people.

In Maldives several activities are going to take place. And one of the key events on the international day of action is the 24 hour Underwater Rally organized by the Divers Association of Maldives (DAM). 350 divers, diving in teams are going to spend 24 hours underwater. The message DAM is giving is that Maldives is sinking and it’s more than just a country being lost to the sea. A unique heritage is gone. An irreplaceable ecosystem is being destroyed. The rally would be one of a kind.

Another event organized by Divers Association of Maldives is the first ever underwater cabinet meeting. The President of Maldives along with all the cabinet ministers are going to meet underwater while using scuba. Using hand signals and slates they are going to endorse and sign a message from the people of Maldives to the world leaders meeting at Copenhagen this December for the Conference of Parties (COP 15).

The cabinet of Maldives with dive Instructors of DAM after completing their PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program.

One might think what direct benefit would come out when the cabinet meets underwater and from the underwater rally. There is none. Almost all the actions of October 24th are symbolical. So are the events organized by the Divers Association of Maldives. It is so as to grab the attention of people and make them aware of the number 350. To get the world leaders to implement ways to reduce to amount of carbon to 350ppm and below. We are on the edge. With just a couple of steps forward Maldives along with a number of other vulnerable countries will be lost beneath the waves. We ask everybody not to sign our suicide pact.

To lean more about 350 visit www.350.org
To follow the 350 events of dam check out www.dam.org.mv
Visit the DAM facebook page http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Divers-Assoication-of-Maldives-DAM/119403063518?ref=ts

All photos provided by Mohamed Seeneen (Sindi)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

what about if a person flies on 350 plastic bags from male' to hulhule on that day, and rides the biggest motorcycle in town all other time? gives mixed messages.. because everyone knows everyone in this small country.