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Maldives’ Former President Mohamed Nasheed urges Singapore youth to become climate leaders

July 14, 2014

Singapore Power Shift 2014

SINGAPORE – Former President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed joined Singapore Power Shift — a two-day climate action empowerment workshop — to share inspiring campaign stories and discuss ideas for the climate movement.

Nasheed gave a powerful and emotional talk recounting his journey as a climate activist highlighting the urgency behind stopping climate change for the survival of the Maldives. During his presidency, he led his cabinet towards a national commitment to be carbon neutral by 2020. The young participants had opportunities to discuss how young activist can partake in the fight against climate change.

“I believe young people like you are the real force that will shift the power for a just, safe and peaceful world,” expressed Nasheed.

Singapore Power Shift is part of Global Power Shift, a program kick-started by in Istanbul a year ago where 600 climate activists from 100 countries converged to mark the starting point of a new phase in the international climate movement. Climate leaders from around the world gathered in Istanbul to share stories, learn skills, and sharpen strategies and tactics to overcome the inertia in addressing the climate crisis. These climate leaders then returned to their home countries to spark a wave of convergences, campaigns, and mobilisations for climate action.

Nor Lastrina interviewing President Nasheed

Nor Lastrina interviewing President Nasheed

“From what I am witnessing, Singapore is gaining more traction from the youth sector in combating climate change and this is the perfect time and platform to voice out our ideas and take action,” commented Nor Lastrina Hamid, 350 Singapore Coordinator. “We are also very fortunate to have had former President of the Maldives, Mohammed Nasheed, join us and inspire our participants. I hope the participants will take his advice, and feel empowered to take real actions in their communities”.

Over 50 young people from Singapore were joined by friends and supporters from Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Brunei, the Philippines, and Vietnam for the  Singapore Power Shift. The aim of the two-day workshop was to learn about climate change and gain campaigning skills, with the expectation for the group to develop five impactful campaigns that could be adopted and implemented in Singapore in the coming period.

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