The Island President

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  • About the Film

    Mohamed Nasheed is mobbed by the press following his speech at the 350.org rally, Copenhagen, Denmark in 2009.

    Mohamed Nasheed, former president of the Maldives, is a man confronting a problem greater than any other that a world leader has ever faced — the literal survival of his country and everyone in it due to global warming.

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  • Filmmaker Interview

    Director Jon Shenk filming President Nasheed during a boat trip between islands.

    Jon Shenk grew close to the former President after spending a year and a half filming The Island President. In this interview, Shenk shares his admiration for Nasheed and his hopes for the Maldives’s future.

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  • Awareness of Climate Change Begins in the Classroom

    Aerial photograph of a corner of Male, the capital city of the Maldives.

    Scientists overwhelmingly agree that future generations will face serious climate change challenges. Yet two thirds of American students know little or nothing about the impacts of fossil fuel consumption on global warming.

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  • Newsfeed

    Mohamed Nasheed walks with residents of an island in the northern Maldives

    Keep up with the latest developments on Nasheed and the current political situation as well as his ongoing efforts to raise awareness about the effects of climate change on the Maldives.

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  • Talkback

    Massive sand reclamation work extends the perimeter of the northern Maldivian island of Kulhudhufushi.

    Not everyone agrees about the science of climate change, but it’s increasingly hard to ignore the effects of extreme weather events and a measurable rise in sea level. Do you live in an area that may be affected by global warming? Are you motivated to try and change public policy relating to the environment?

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