The Maldives are starting to save to buy a new homeland because their low-lying country is expected to disappear if predictions by climate change models are true. Already most of the Maldives, a chain of 1,200 island and coral atolls in the Indian Ocean, is barely 1.5 meters above sea level.
Mohamed Nasheed, the country’s first democratically elected president, announced that a portion of the country’s billion dollar tourist revenue will be put aside as an insurance policy if the worst were to happen. He has already canvassed a number of countries receptive to selling land to the Maldivians. Sri Lanka and India are obvious targets as they share similar cultures and climate.