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Help President Nasheed of the Maldives!

President and climate movement ally Mohamed Nasheed has been ousted in a military coup. has set up a petition to put pressure on key international politicians to act. Their press release follows.

Dear friends,

Our fight is a global fight, and early this morning one of our greatest allies, Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed, was ousted in a military coup. He’s under house arrest at the moment and could be in serious danger. We’re collecting signatures on a petition that we will deliver to key secretaries of state and foreign ministers to make sure there’s pressure on the coup leaders to keep President Nasheed safe.

On our action page, you’ll see a video of President Nasheed at the Copenhagen climate talks – it was one of the great moments of the 350 movement. We also pasted an account of the coup from inside the government. Click /Get More Info/ on the page for both. The Maldives was on course to become the world’s first carbon-neutral nation, a beacon for the rest of the planet; but for the moment, all that matters is the safety of our dear friend and his colleagues.

Days like today remind us how hard this fight will be, and how many setbacks we’ll see on the way. They also remind us that we need solidarity above all else. If you’re a praying person, include President Nasheed and his family in your prayers. We know that all of you are action people, so here’s that sign-on link again .

With respect,

Bill McKibben and the team.

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  1. #1 ibrahim 10 Feb 12

    on a climatic front, yes, he may have been a leading man.
    what about the rest of his actions which relate to his citizens?
    Is a climate worth more than human life????

  2. #2 Jeff Hodsden 24 Jun 12

    My wife and I went to the Maldives after dreaming about it for many years. We finally got the chance last October of 2011. We don't have too much money, but want to help in any way we can to help keep this wonderful country live and prosper. The people of the islands were some of the most kind and proud people we have ever met. My wife and I do what we can help to help all needs that are brought up by the 360 organization. However, the Maldives has always been a special place that is close to our hearts. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help further the recognition and make things better.

    Sincerely, Jeff and Naibe Hodsden

  3. #3 Simon Kenton 11 Oct 12

    Another one bites the dust... :(

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