The Maldives islands are predicted to be underwater in 30-50 years with rising sea water levels. I know I have brought up this issue before but let's take a moment and just feel that. Yes, it is hard to feel for another country from a distance, but let's all try. Picture 1200 tiny little islands in ring formations (Atolls) in the middle of the Indian Ocean, spanning 90,000 square kilometers, the highest point of all of the islands as low as 8 feet above sea level. The water is bright blue and crystal clear against the soft white sand and the coral is teaming with sea life. Hands up if you want to preserve that! .
Now picture 430,000 people living there and tourism ever increasing. Their capital city, Male, holds about 1/4th of the population on this single island that is a mere 2.6 square miles. This is all hard to imagine from afar but trust me, when you're there, these facts stare you in the face. The flat ground, the crowds, the high buildings, the stressful feeling that you get in your chest when you look out from Male at Hulhumale and you see massive machines, dredging up sand from the sea floor to bolster the height of the land. They have literally made a new, artificial island knowing that their people will some day be displaced from their smaller islands and have to have somewhere to move to. We went to Hulhumale for a night and it was surreal. Everything was under construction and they had an entire part of the island that was inaccessible to the people at this point because it is still being made. They are in survival mode, adapting to their ever changing environment. It is easy to feel helpless from afar, but there are always ways you can help. There are many ways that we can limit our impact on our environment and advocate for those who are disproportionally affected by climate change. Give it up for this resilient country and consider a few ways that you'd like to help minimize the effects of climate change. Feel free to comment your suggestions or ideas below! .
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