Maldives President "Not Impressed" with US Climate Activism

Published on July 8th, 2012 | by

July 8th, 2012 by


As he and all of us rightfully shouldn’t be….

Waging Nonviolence recently conducted a wonderful interview with climate superstar Mohamed Nasheed, former president of Maldives. Here are some striking words (refreshingly but also depressingly pointed) from the interview:

What do you think of the American environmental movement?

I’m very disappointed by the slow pace of the social movement. is a good group, but I’m very disappointed by the slowness. It’s not gathering. I was hoping that there would be a million people out on the streets in the United States this summer, but then no, it’s not happening.

What about the Tar Sands Action campaign in which more than 1,200 people were arrested in front of the White House last year?

This is a country of 350 million people. There will be 1,200 arrests in the Maldives today. So I’m not impressed. We have to have the numbers out and more people need to be active at it. If you want to make a difference, you don’t make this difference staying at home.

The full interview can be viewed in text on Waging Nonviolence or you can just watch the video above.

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