Via Daniel Drezner, esta foto de um despacho de Mohamed Nasheed, o Presidente das Ilhas Maldivas, pressionando por um acordo mais eficaz em Copenhagen em prol da luta contra o aquecimento global:

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“President Mohamed Nasheed, Vice President Dr Mohamed Waheed and 11 cabinet ministers donned scuba gear and submerged 4 meters below the surface of sea to hold the world’s first underwater cabinet meeting, in a bid to push for a stronger climate change agreement in the upcoming climate summit in Copenhagen.

“We are trying to send our message to let the world know what is happening and what will happen to the Maldives if climate change isn’t checked” said President Nasheed, speaking to the press as soon as he resurfaced from underwater.

“What we are trying to make people realize is that the Maldives is a frontline state. This is not merely an issue for the Maldives but for the world. If we can’t save the Maldives today, you can’t save the rest of the world tomorrow”, said President Nasheed further.

During the 30-minute meeting held in the turquoise lagoon off Girifushi Island, with a backdrop of corals, the President, the Vice President and eleven other Cabinet ministers signed a resolution calling for global cuts in carbon emissions.”

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O Drezner tem uma questão:

“Just to be contrarian, however, I do wonder if it’s the case that as small island nations go, so does the rest of the world. Because they are sovereign actors, small island nations often possess greater influence than their population or GDP merits. Would a rational, cost-benefit analysis of how to allocate climate change resources between mitigation and adaptation really place such a high priority on a bunch of small countries with a combined population of less than ten million?”

Imediatamente me veio à mente a idéia de um federalismo mundial.  Como esse papo pode não ter muita tração junto à platéia mais avessa à globalizações que não sejam as meramente comerciais, acho que esta foto contém um bom argumento:

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Levando em consideração que as luzes mostram áreas de maior concentração populacional (com raras exceções, como alguns pontos de extração de petróleo no Oriente Médio), dá pra notar que qualquer alteração significativa do nível do mar terá consequências catastróficas todos os continentes.  Portanto, nesse caso o Drezner não deveria ficar tão preocupado com “a ditadura das minorias”…

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