Parliament approves to declare state of climate emergency

Parliament on Thursday passed a resolution to declare a state of climate emergency in the Maldives. This decision was made due to the negative impact of turbulent weather patterns the country is currently facing.

The resolution was submitted under Section 142 of Standing Orders by Ahmed Saleem, MP for Hoarafushi.

The resolution stated that scientists have been persistently warning people on the rapid aggravation of the Earth's climate system, and that this was consequently generating unfavorable economic, social, and environmental effects around the globe.

Public concern over the changes in weather was also highlighted in the motion, further noting the need to take immediate steps in raising awareness on the subject.

Once presented to the Parliament Committee on Environment and Climate Change, a clause was added to the resolution to alert President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and relevant authorities on the situation, and to announce a state of climate emergency. The motion was passed by 68 votes.

Cases of severe erosion have been escalating in islands all over the country. Several inhabitants of these islands have been taking the necessary steps against the situation to safeguard their homes.