More power to ’em

Here’s a president who has an eye for a catchy publicity stunt:

Maldives government ministers are taking scuba lessons and learning underwater signs in preparation for an unprecedented Cabinet meeting at the bottom of the ocean intended to highlight the threat global warming poses to the low-lying nation….

[President] Nasheed will chair a meeting of his 14 Cabinet ministers about six metres underwater on October 17, said Aminath Shauna, an official from the president’s office.

“The intention is to draw the attention of the world leaders to the issue of global warming and highlight how serious are the threats faced by Maldives as a result,” she said….

The ministers will communicate using hand gestures and are now receiving diving lessons, she said, adding that Nasheed is a certified diver.

They should do this in Shishmaref or Diomede. It might be a little colder there but the point needs to be made.

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