Don’t laugh. There will come a day when Democrats are short on votes and they’ll probably just have us import some fresh voters. Because it would be racist if we didn’t. Or something like that. Anyway, this is a dilemma quite possibly facing the Australians, as an entire populace of a small island nation is now inviting themselves in.
THE President of what could be the first country in the world lost to climate change has urged Australia to prepare for a mass wave of climate refugees seeking a new place to live.
The Maldivian President, Mohamed Nasheed, said his government was considering Australia as a possible new home if the tiny archipelago disappears beneath rising seas.
”It is increasingly becoming difficult to sustain the islands, in the natural manner that these islands have been,” he told the Herald in an interview in Male, the Maldives capital.
”So … if everyone else around Australia is so poor and unable to fend for themselves and have a decent life, would that necessarily make life in Australia any better? Would that be the castle that you can defend?”
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts a sea-level rise of up to 59 centimetres over the next century, a level that would inundate most of the Maldives’ inhabited atolls. Low-lying Pacific island nations, such as Kirabati and Tuvalu, would also face being flooded.
”If nations won’t do good for themselves, they really must do good for everyone around, simply in your self-interest as well,” Mr Nasheed said.
”Not necessarily because you’re so nice, and so benevolent and good that you want to provide others with things.
”But I think it’s really quite necessary for Australians and for every rich country to understand that this is unlike any other thing that’s happened before.”
Sounds kinda pushy, doesn’t he? You’re rich, and I want some of it!
First he might want to have a chat with the folks in the countries where he plans to relocate his people to.
Australia, for its climate and abundance of space, along with Sri Lanka and India, for their proximity and cultural similarities, are the three countries the President has identified as possible destinations.
”They are the talked about countries, though we haven’t necessarily had official conversations with these governments,” Mr Nasheed said.
The country also has a serious drug problem. An epidemic of cheap heroin has swept through the archipelago, but taken root in Male in particular. The UN has estimated 40 per cent of the country’s youth use hard drugs.
Nasheed, a Muslim as the Maldives constitution obliges all Maldivians to be, also faces a rising tide of Islamic fundamentalism. Wahhabist Islamic scholars, most schooled in madrassas in Pakistan, are radicalising Islam in the Maldives. Female circumcision is practised, and is reportedly on the increase, across the archipelago. There are calls for the return of amputation for crimes and for the banning of music and dancing. Women are flogged for having extra-marital sex.