The new president of the Maldives is looking to buy new land for the inhabitants of the Maldives because climate change could render many of the islands of this small country uninhabitable due to rising seas. The Maldives is made up of many small, and considerably short in stature based on sea level, islands and atolls. With a significant rise in sea level, the small nation of Maldives could be rendered non-existent. So, they’re looking to purchase a new nation with current tourism dollars. To me, this is clear evidence that the issue of climate change needs to be addressed. More on that in a minute. A deeper issue would be, where would one buy land? The political, religious, and economic issues of a country would have to be accounted for by the citizens of Maldives. And this could be problematic for many reasons: The main religion in Maldives is Sunni Muslim. Those two words alone strike fear in the hearts of many around the globe; some warranted, others irrational. If you were from Maldives, would you consider changing to Catholicism in order to guarantee living space? Doubtful. There are three main ethnic groups in Maldives: South Indians, Sinhalese, and Arabs.
I’m betting that on islands, these three get along fairly well. But, put them on one land mass together and maybe problems arise. Finally, the main economy in this area is tourism and fishing. Well, if you move, that takes away tourism…at least of Maldivian sites…and suppose you can only buy land in Chad. Your fishing opportunities take a serious nosedive. All of this brings me back to my original point that climate change needs to be addressed.
We, as the human race, need to take a hard look at our actions on this earth and figure out how to make it go without destroying the land underneath our feet and the air that we breathe. We need to understand that up until now we’ve had it pretty easy and have been able to have our way with the earth without a ton of consequence. But this has to end. We need to understand that our lives are going to have to change; that we can’t continue to burn oil and coal and petroleum at an alarming rate; that we need to find alternative ways of harnessing energy. We also need to look at our consumption and how it affects the rest of the world. We have to work to understand our place within nature. And, I’m not even pointing fingers on this one because I’m probably as guilty as most. It’s easier to just continue to live the way we’ve been living, but we can not go on like this forever. Make today the beginning of change for good.
Today is also the day we set aside for honoring veterans, or at least one of the days. This particular day is set aside to acknowledge, firstly, the ending of major hostilities during World War I, and secondly, to acknowledge the sacrifices and endurance of the soldiers who fought then. Originally, it was known as Armistice Day. Then in the early 50s, some Kansans decided that it should be for more than just veterans of World War I and through an act of Congress it was changed to Veterans Day. I know many veterans of several wars and I honor their sacrifice to a cause.
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