Here’s Mohamed Nasheed, president of the Maldives, speaking yesterday in his capital, Male, at a summit of vulnerable nations:

I think a bloc of carbon-neutral, developing nations could change the outcome of Copenhagen.

At the moment every country arrives at the negotiations seeking to keep their own emissions as high as possible.

They never make commitments, unless someone else does first.

This is the logic of the madhouse, a recipe for collective suicide.

We don’t want a global suicide pact.

And we will not sign a global suicide pact, in Copenhagen or anywhere.


The Maldives has already pledged to go carbon neutral by 2020. They are not just victims of climate change–they are leaders of the fight to actually do something in time. The text of the entire short speech can be found here:,6,2469

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