How Can This Island Nation Go 100% Carbon Neutral by 2020? (Video)


Written by Brian Merchant, a Treehugger blogger

Yesterday, the island nation of Maldives announced that it had mandated that 60% of its energy be produced by solar power as part of its bid to go carbon neutral by 2020. If successful, the Maldives would be the first country to do so. Dr. Mohammed Waheed, the Vice President of Maldives, was in New York to discuss his nation’s plans. I caught up with him after a Climate Week talk. Dr. Waheed explained how Maldives was embracing solar, and how they planned on crowd-sourcing their quest for more carbon-reduction solutions.


As one of the world’s lowest-lying nations, the Maldives have been particularly heroic in their efforts to bring climate change to the international stage — to draw awareness, they’ve famously conducted stunts like holding cabinet meetings underwater. They’ve also laid out one of the most ambitious plans to reduce carbon emissions of any nation thus far. Renewable energy, energy efficiency, planting and preserving trees and foliage, and green building all factor in.

This post was originally published by Treehugger.


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Dijana D.
Dijana D6 years ago

this is SO awesome! the whole world needs to be like this!

Brigid C.
Brigid C6 years ago

good for them! A great example

Grace Adams
Grace Adams6 years ago

James F. -- I wonder if the Maldives could find a cruise ship line to feature a stop at the Maldives as at least part of the cruise tour.

Savaira S.
Savaira S.6 years ago

great step towards combating increase of carbon emission...All the Best!

Ernest R.
Ernest R6 years ago

@ Vivianne M “ what can us Americans do? VOTE.” Right . vote for the candidate from any party that will not come under corporate control, and enjoy the week or two that he survives in office.

Tila Garcia
Tila Garcia6 years ago

Congratulations on your laudable action to save our planet! I wish and pray that other nations and the whole world for that matter could follow your example! More power and all the best to the Maldives!

Lilithe Magdalene

May the rest of us follow in their footsteps. Today!!

Danuta Watola
Danuta W6 years ago

thanks for the info

Dianne Robertson
Dianne Robertson6 years ago

Wow! Good for them!

Christine Stewart

A great thing to aspire to!