We talked to President Mohamed Nasheed of Maldives a couple of days ago about the environmental challenges his country faces. Maldives is the lowest nation on the planet, sitting only five feet - that's one-and-a-half metres - above sea level. Rising seas, which some scientists believe are caused by climate change, could lead to large parts of the country being uninhabitable by the end of the century. So while climate change is an important issue for the whole world, taking action is especially vital for Maldives.
Now the island nation is turning to the Internet for ideas on how to achieve carbon neutrality - defined as "a state in which any carbon emissions created would be offset by tree planting or other conservation measures to lower the amount of emitted carbon dioxide" - by the year 2020. They've created a new website where they are posing questions that they want "energy and finance experts, in the Maldives and abroad, to help [them] answer."
The country's carbon reduction plan starts with today's release of the Maldives Renewable Energy Investment Framework. The document claims that the country can achieve an 80-90% reduction in electricity emissions by 2020 without driving up local energy bills.
Here's President Nasheed discussing the situation in Maldives: