Global Divestment Day Maldives 2015
“Divest or Drown!” read one of the orange papers hanging on the ‘divestment thought strings’, at our event. Friday, 13th February 2015. On Friday February the 13th, 2015, at 21:00 hrs, Ecocare Maldives took the ‘Global Divestment Day’ event public at Masveringe Park – Malè, a common socializing point where most middle aged and elderly hang around playing board games and talk politics. We took the Global Divestment Day to them!
Many young people, youth activists and passionate environmental advocates gathered to show their support to our global cause; ‘Go fossil free!’. Some people expressed their thoughts by writing them while others chose to draw on our orange “thought papers”. Which were then hung on our “thought strings” for display.
We took time to reflect on how important it is to ‘Divest Maldives from fossil fuels’. We had speakers come up on open mike sharing their worries, calling government to invest on renewables and to stop ventures to explore oil in the country.
Speaking at the gathering Director, Advocacy and Campaigns of Ecocare Maldives, Maeed M. Zahir spoke about the importance of talking about climate change. “Once Mahatma Gandhi said ‘First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win’! We maybe small in number today, and we maybe laughed at today, but we are fine, we will do more of this again. We will speak about climate change! We will speak about our reefs and we will talk about our fisherman as the implications of climate change will affect them!” he said.
“We see climate change and fossil fuels as abstract concepts, when it’s not. Even by using electricity we’re using non renewables. Let’s look into what we can do. Even turning off the lights when we aren’t using it is a step. Start being part of the change, one step at a time.” Ish Afeef, President of Dhi Youth Movement said.
Our small but meaningful gathering ended with a collective call from all of us: Divest Maldives from fossil fuels – Go Fossil Free!
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