The President of the Maldives tonight described his people as ‘sea people’ They need the sea to survive- just not swamping their homes! Island people have an unbreakable bond with the sea. Indigenous people have an unbreakable bond with the earth.
While the Maldives drowns, some still sit around arguing about whether the climate is changing. While we in Australia use 4 times our share of the global footprint, the people of the Maldives have Australian scientists helping them to be carbon neutral through growing their own fresh food and other measures.
There is something terribly wrong when they are the ones drowning, while our developers are being enabled to build concrete monstrosities on our waters edge which extend our footprint ever further. The urbanization of our society has taken most people so far from the earth and the sea- it’s no wonder they can’t even comprehend the concept of climate change- after all they think it’s NIMBY (not in my backyard)- yet.! Where is the incentive to be selfless rather than selfish, to think longterm rather than shortterm profit, in western societies? Shame on us!