COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Government ministers in scuba gear prepared Friday to hold an underwater meeting of the Maldives' Cabinet to highlight the threat global warming poses to the lowest-lying nation on earth.
The Maldives' president will lead Saturday's meeting around a table on the sea floor — 20 feet (6 meters) below the surface — and ministers will communicate using white boards and hand signals.
President Mohammed Nasheed has emerged as a key, and colorful, voice on climate change amid fears that rising ocean levels could swamp this Indian Ocean archipelago within a century. Its islands average 7 feet (2.1 meters) above sea level.
Nasheed is also a certified diver, while other ministers have had to take diving lessons in recent weeks.
"None of the ministers have ever been diving before, except the defense minister, and all of them are very enthusiastic," Zoona Nasee
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