I watched a very compelling movie on Netflix this morning called The Island President, a 2011 documentary about the sinking Maldives Islands and it’s native people who recently brought democracy to their suppressed culture by voting in new President, Mohamed Nasheed.
I watched the movie because of the Netflix description which summarized a new democratic president’s fight to save his multi-Island Country from sinking into the Indian Ocean due to rising sea levels.
The Maldives People believe in a controversial theory that keeping the Carbon Dioxide levels within the Earths atmosphere below 350 ppm will help to maintain cooler planet temperatures, thus reducing polar icecap melting, which is believed to be responsible for the rising sea levels swallowing their Country.
Much of this theory is proven science, whats not proven is whether or not human interaction can have an effect on the Carbon Dioxide levels.
According to the Carbon chart below, it appears what we do has zero effect on the carbon increases as we do not a decrease or increase in Carbon levels in sync with events such as the industrial revolution or the practices of global green living, the increases are just a steady rise and we may be over-estimating our ability to have any effect on the destiny of this planet IMO.
This Movies plot seemed interesting to me as I used to live on an Island and understand the struggles that come along with living in a place that is so very volatile.
When you live on a small island your entire existence is a mere inches above sea level, you grow a tremendous respect for the land, sea, creatures, weather, and everything that is Mother Nature.
What I was not expecting from the movie was to find myself once again at a cross-roads regarding the validity of theories of Global Warming, Climate Change, Green House Gas Emissions, and the melting of the Polar Ice Caps etc.
I was inspired by this true story in which Mohamed Nasheed gets elected into office, beating the incumbent (Dictator) President of 30 years, but only after being imprisoned, tortured, and eventually exiled.
Nasheed himself admitted he had feared imprisonment upon his return to the Islands after his exile but was instead greeted by a large enthusiastic and supporting mass of people who just a few moths later voted him in as the new president.
On that election day, true Democracy was born in the Maldives. Culture-shift of this magnitude and importance is something I have seen only a few times in my life, which is what sparked the first bit of curious concern around this more and more interesting story that s the Maldives Islands, rising sea levels, and whether or not Climate Change is something we can actually have an impact on as a human race.
There was now hope for a Country and entire Culture, that faces seemingly unavoidable doom, and ultimately the extinction of the entire culture. Would the new Democracy carry enough inertia to power a call for Global Carbon Footprint Reduction which quickly became the mantra of a new President trying to save his People, Land, Country and Culture, from literally sinking into the Indian Ocean?
This is all happening in and around 2008 - 20010, and Climate Change is very much a hot but controversial topic, as is the fight for a Muslim Country to Fight for, let alone achieve the election of a new democratic government. – if nothing else I knew this would be a movie I would not want to miss a single frame of.
Boy, was I right about that.
The Maldives Islands story so incredible on several levels that It inspired me to do a bunch of research on some topics that I have taken a break from actively pursuing, and ultimately led me to write this blog post.
This post should be viewed more as a letter to all who will read it, and to EIB Network’s Radio Show Host Rush Limbaugh, as he is the means to an end in me trying to express a very important sequence of points and facts, which must be heard by all in fine detail and in specific sequential manner in order to tell a true and meaningful story.
A story that I hope in some way may change the way we think and live as humans on this precious Earth.
In short, the movie I watched tells a story of a man who fought for democracy and won. Once his battle for democracy was seemingly won, he used the power of the Presidential Office, and the Maldives People, to wage a war on the use of Fossil Fuels and slow its effects on Climate Change as a means to save his sinking Country of 1000 Islands.
The Maldives is 1000 islands and a Country so close to Sea Level that the smallest rise in sea levels has a significant and detrimental impact on the eroding shoreline as well as all of the people who live there. The Maldives culture as a whole is in danger of extinction as the doomed Islands slowly sink quietly into the Indian Ocean forever.
This is now a culture that can take nothing for granted. They now have a chance to quickly move from a suppressed Country that tortured anyone who spoke out about Government, to a Democratic Society who would immediately shift focus from there own personal civil rights and freedom of speech, to their own extinction as a culture.
For the first hour of the movie it seemed they had a real chance at both, but I now know the whole story (spoiler warning) and it is one of failure, complacency, lies, conspiracy, greed, ignorance, and a blatant miss-use of power through distribution of miss-information.
I now know that sadly, Mohamed Nasheed was recently forced to resign as President of
the Maldives Islands at gunpoint, and his fight to get the World to agree upon a plan to counter-act Climate Change is a complete failure. I write this letter today with a conciece effort to blame a single person for all of this, that person is the EIB Radio Network’s Rush Limbaugh.
Although it sounds like a skewed distribution of blame, it is not in my own mind’s train of thought, and here is why.
First of all, I do not blame Rush Limbaugh for the corrupted forces that squashed the overall valiant efforts of Mohamed Rasheed and his ideology of a fair and democratic society, the Maldives People are responsible for letting Democracy slip through their soggy, sinking hands.
Why they did not up-rise when the Police pepper-sprayed their former President and took him away I will never know or understand.
As I quickly caught myself up on Climate Change, Carbon Dioxide levels and other current events regarding the Maldives Islands, I was not only shocked to find out that democracy took a step backwards, but also to find out that no one is talking about it. The only one talking about anything even vastly related to this story is Rush Limbaugh, who on a daily basis rants about the environmentalist whackos who fuel the conspiracy that is Climate Change. This blatant and ignorant argument from Rush that anyone who mouths the words Climate Change is a nut, is causing the skewed perception behind a lack of action against atrocities like those in the Maldives Islands.
I know it sounds off-base at first but please hear me out.
People such as Limbaugh have an extremely large impact on the American People’s
perception of Global Issues. Rush Limbaugh’s is guilty of failing to make any effort toward intelligently communicating the cold hard facts regarding the topic of Global Warming or Climate Change and also regarding issues of political struggles including People in the Maldives.
Rush Limbaugh failed to speak the entire truth to the American Public regarding both of these issues because it does not line up with his efforts to squeeze every bit of marketing potential in the use of his self-coined phrase “Environmentalist Whackos”.
Limbaugh maintains the position that Climate Change is a complete conspiracy, construed by “Uninformed Left-Winged Liberal Nut-Jobs”.
There is no data. There is no empirical data. There’s zilch zero nada. It’s all based on model forecasts for 2100, for 2050, for 2075. This is one of the greatest hoaxes ever pulled over on people. But now these scientists, they’re really puzzled. I mean, some of these loco weeds actually believe this stuff. – Rush Limbaugh (source)
I hold him responsible for the fall of Mohamed Nasheed and for the fall of the new Democratic Society in Maldives, as well as being at fault for the failure of the Global Carbon Footprint Policy to be effective. He is therefore responsible in part for the needless continuance of Carbon Gas Build-up in our Ozone Layer. This could have been a topic of progress instead of a story of complete failure. Had Limbaugh told the truth over and over instead of boasting about some bullshit because it makes the ratings for his show.
An argument he makes solely on semantics. Limbaugh, almost daily, uses data taken out of context to make incomplete arguments about environmental issues and in this is having a direct effect on the civil rights of others.
He contradicts himself by using the same tactics he condemns others for using – not considering the facts.
Rush Limbaugh manipulates the facts and data to benefit his own personal agenda and should not be considered a valid news source but rather an entertainment vessel – and an increasingly weak one at that.
I want people to realize that when we don’t tell the whole truth it can possibly effect bigger issues, like the entire existence of mankind and the world as we know it.
The way I see it if Rush Limbaugh had spoke the truth about Global Warming in the beginning, The Former President of the Maldives Islands would have had less of a battle in trying to convince the World we need less Carbon Dioxide in our atmosphere.
This is regardless of whether we could actually have an impact on Global Warming, or if Global Warming even exists.
It does not matter if the Earth is getting warmer because of our Carbon Dioxide Emissions, it only matters that fossil fuel pursuit is ruining our planet.
It only matters that fossil fuel pursuit is causing wars, killing people, fostering the perpetual growth of greed and economic destruction.
It only matters that we can be better ambassadors for Green Living and use less fossil fuels so we do not have to rape the earth for the sake of keeping the elite segment of society sustained in a consistent level of comfort, wealth, and power.
Speaking about anything other than these important things is a conscious effort to distract and deceive the human race from the real issues, hard facts, and is essentially removing their power to make proper decisions and act upon vital issues regarding humanity and our planet.
When this story-tampering or manipulation of people is done out of greed, as in this case, it is criminal and should be punishable by a lifetime of imprisonment and hard labor.
It seems obvious to me that the above chart depicting the CO2 levels are on a constant
increase and it also appears to show no synchronous change in accordance with any human effort to change it.
Therefore we probably had no chance of ever getting the CO2 levels down to 350 PPM which is the level needed for the earth to maintain it’s current temperature and preserve whats remaining of the icecaps as well as keep the Sea Level at a constant.
So Mohamed Nasheed’s efforts were off-base regarding thoughts that we as humans could have an effect on the Sea Levels by controlling Carbon Levels.
His Country will sink into the Indian Ocean regardless of our Carbon Emissions.
Does this make his efforts for a better planet wasteful?
Does the promotion of alternative energy and reduction of fossil fuel usage go away by default because we now know the earth is doing what its doing regardless of our effort to impact it?
Does this mean we have rights to rip off every mountain top in efforts to suck the earth dry of all natural gas, oil, coal, or whatever the fuck reason we rape our planet for natural resources in disgusting levels?
You see, had Rush Limbaugh presented the facts about Global Warming instead of focusing on the fact that he is always right, and that NASA said “A” yesterday and then said “B” today, we might have given Mohamed Nasheed’s Plan for Global Carbon Emissions Reduction at the Copenhagen Summit a little more consideration instead of a majority of the summit attendees brushing him off as an environmentalist whacko because Rush said he was.
We might today be looking at a world that relies less on fossil fuels and an Island Culture
that still had a new Democratic Society.
Instead we have a World that spoke nothing of Mohamed Nasheed’s demise as the President of the Maldives Islands, and a World that continues to speak nothing of the real issues around wasting natural resources and preserving the Planet as we once knew it.
Thanks rush your a real stand-up guy. But hey, at least you got that “Environmentalist Whako” thing goin’ for ya. That’s really cool man.
I would like to hear how you feel about Climate Change and our ability to have an effect on it. I would also like to know what happened to those happy people that elected their new
Democratic Government into office a couple years ago, only to succumb to letting the old regime come back into power with the violent removal of a leader who was such a proponent for the environment and the Maldives Culture. Please take the time to comment and share this article. – moneymakerspy