Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Water inspires Bluepeace NGO

Approximately 70% of the Earth is covered in water, hence the brainchild behind the name of an environmental non governmental oorganisation (NGO) based in the Maldives; Bluepeace.

20 years old, this environment organisation is represented in Copenhagen during the World’s biggest climate change conference ever.

The Maldive islands are 1,190 coral islands which form an archipelago of 26 major atolls that stretch 820 kilometers from the north to the south and 120 kilometers east to west. While this nation may be geographically distant to the Pacific islands their issues and challenges are very similar to that of the Pacific islands nations, they are also dreading a possible one metre sea-level rise by the end of this century.
It’s in Copenhagen that Bluepeace are bringing the effects of climate change to an audience of thousands with their photography exhibition “Vulnerable: the face of climate change in the Maldives”.

“We use the skills of our members to help promote and carry out the work of Bluepeace, and it’s proving very cost effective, our organization has helped make policy changes in the Maldives,” said Ali Rilwan (pictured) , a founding member of the organization. “But a major change we want to see happen will come from this meeting.”

Bluepeace has attended several climate exchange activities organized by the Danish Conservation Society while in Copenhagen, sending out the message of the vulnerability of the Maldives.

It is also an organization that is willing to establish a branch in the Pacific region should there be interest.

“We would like to see a Bluepeace in the Pacific, people are welcome to seek further information from us, we can share the lessons we have learnt ad we’d be happy if an organization would like to use our name, logo and style.”

To find out more on Bluepeace you can visit:

Nanette Woonton

Climate Pasifika

No comments:

Post a Comment