Monday, October 19, 2009

World's first underwater cabinet meeting

Discovery Channel, Oct. 19, 2009 -- Hoping to draw attention to his country's unique challenges in the face of climate change, President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, held the world's first underwater cabinet meeting.

Amongst the fish and coral in a blue lagoon off Girifushi Island, President Nasheed, his vice president and 11 cabinet ministers used the occasion to sign a document calling for an international effort to halt global warming.


Each member of the president's team donned scuba gear and sat at a desk equipped with nameplates and waterproof pencils. They all employed hand signals to communicate with one another.

1 comment:

Holly said...

Awesome. I'm just bummed the US didn't think of this type of PR first. Or maybe we did, but then realized our water is too polluted to make something like this at all safe. I mean, the photo-opp wouldn't have been as easy through the murky waters of, say, the long island sound...

In other news: Next time 512 hosts thursday dinner we'll be holding it in the potomac so dress accordingly and we'll provide the waterproof pencils!