Evening “350” Walk

Malé, MALDIVES – Over 3000 came on the streets of Male’, joining ECOCARE Maldives, chanting “Three, Five , O”. The most important numbers that all the participants of this well orchestrated rally believed in and gave support to. This was one of the major events that took place in Male’ to contribute to the 350.org global day of action. Students, Parents, kids, people of different background and walks of life, young and old were among the large crowds that kicked off the evening 350 walk that started from the Male’ Youth Center and continued all the way until the Lonuziyaaraikolhu area.

Famous celebrities including popular singers and performers took part in this Walk, alongside were many Scouts, Guides, many civil societies and many NGO volunteers and many many more. Minister of Environment Mr. Aslam Shakir also joined the walk with plenty of other government officials and employees. The traditional Boduberu was being performed all the way in the walk.

Different people addressed the crowd expressing their support for the 350 stand, some of the people that addressed the crowds included the Environment Minister Mr. Aslam as well as ECOCARE Chairman Mr. Mohamed Zahir (Meem Zaviyani).

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“350” Vehicle Grounding

Malé, MALDIVES – Saturday, 17th October 2009; From 1600hrs – 2150hrs an event took place in Male’ where 350 cars and 350 motor bikes were “grounded” at Lonuziyaataikolhu in Male’. This event was organized by ECOCARE Maldives, with the support of Maldives Motor Racing Association and other civil societies and some volunteer citizens. Among the many cars that were grounded at Lonuziyaaraikolhu include government cars, including all the cars of the Cabinet Ministers. Many individuals also committed to the grounding by participating in the event.

Maldives is probably among those countries that emit the least amount of green house gases, however this event showed that Maldivians are committed to cut down even the slightest and smallest bit of contribution to the increasing harmful gases that is being released in to the atmosphere which is messing up the global atmospheric chemistry. Maldives stand united and committed in the battle against Climate Change and remains in the front line supporting organizations such as the 350.org.

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Giant Human “350”

Malé, MALDIVES – 4700 students stood to form giant human 3’s and 5’s and 0’s, echoing the support for the declaration adopted by the first underwater cabinet meeting of the Maldivian Government on the stabilization of the atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration at 350 parts per million.

The people of the Maldives with many millions of people in the developing countries and small island developing countries did not create this global problem. We, therefore, call the developed countries, to take the lead to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. The students of Maldives to call upon the students of the developed countries to stand to form giant human 3’s and 5’s and 0’s to show that climate change is not a political issue but a human issue that needs urgent attention.

350 parts per million is what scientists are now saying is the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere. Scientists have concluded that we are already above the safe zone at our current 390ppm, and that unless we are able to rapidly return to 350ppm this century, we risk reaching tipping points and irreversible impacts such as the melting of the Greenland ice sheet and major methane releases from increased permafrost melt.

The event was organized by ECOCARE Maldives with the support of The Scouts Association of Maldives, Maldives Girl Guide Association, Maldives Photographers Association, Strength of Society and Renewable Energy Maldives. ECOCARE Maldives is a non-profit organization that helps to create awareness on environmental issues in the Maldives.

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