MAINTENANCE – Mohamed Nasheed, Ambassador of the Climate Vulnerable Forum, former president of the Maldives explains that for countries like his, doing everything to respect the target of +1.5 ° C is a question of “life or death”.
The former president of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed is ambassador of the Climate Vulnerable Forum, a group of 48 countries (from Costa Rica to Vietnam via Ethiopia, Bangladesh or Vanuatu) among the most threatened by global warming which represents to him only 1 billion people. As Mohamed Nasheed explains, for countries like his, doing everything to meet the +1.5 ° C global warming target – the most ambitious of the Paris agreement – is a question “Life or death”.
LE FIGARO. – Why is maintaining the target of +1.5 ° C so important to you?
Mohamed NASHEED. – We already live in a world where the average temperature has risen by 1.2 ° C. The latest IPCC report is very clear: greenhouse gas emissions have a direct impact on climate change. The winds are stronger, the waves higher, the oceans warmer and more acidic, the corals are bleaching and the reef is dying, which accentuates coastal erosion.