• 一本书,你看到的是空的那一页,还是既将被未知填满的精彩?

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On 17 Oct 2009, the Maldives government held an underwater cabinet meeting to signal to the world that Maldives is a frontline state (in terms of being affected by climate change). "What we are trying to make people realize is that the Maldives is a frontline state. This is not merely an issue for the Maldives but for the world," President Mohammed Nasheed said.

This meeting is a bid to draw the international attention that melting polar ice caps could lead to sea level rise that could submerge this island state by this century. View the news via this link.

According to the IPCC report, many small island states are facing threat of partial or complete inundation by future rises in sea level, given their low elevation and small size. In addition, the small island states could be harmed by the increased intensity of cyclones. In addition, the ecosystem on the island is threatened. An estimated 30% of known threatened plant species are endemic to such islands, and 23% of bird species found on these islands are threatened (Nurse et al., 1998).

The report also mentioned that these small island states are only a few metres above present sea level. "Among the most vulnerable of these island states are the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Tonga, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Cook Islands (in the Pacific Ocean); Antigua and Nevis (in the Caribbean Sea); and the Maldives (in the Indian Ocean)."

The issue of climate change has far-reaching consequences to the environment and it knows no borders. It is scary to know that small island states might be completely inundated. This would cause socio-economic to the people living there. Should an island become submerged, the resident would have no choice but to move to another island. This might cause social tension in the other island. In addition, with the incoming sea water, water sources that resident rely on for consumption and living might be threatened.

Whatever we do, it affects the whole earth. We have to stand united as one EARTH and prevent further degradation to our environment, which invariably affects all of us. Instead of focusing on short term economy gains, there has to be long term vision to focus on the really urgent things. Without the necessary environment to survive, how is it possible to sustain the economy?

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