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Going Green 

© Giulia Piermartiri + Edoardo Delille

With the election of Ibrahim Solih in November 2018, many things started to change in the Maldives.
After 30 years of dictatorship and a succession of governments, whose interest was mainly to intercept the money brought by luxury resorts, the new Maldivian Prime Minister finally gave a strong push to bring environmental issues to the top of the list of the new government goals.

Just after landing in the capital Male’, we immediately noticed the building speculations made together with the Chinese government and Tilafushi, "The Garbage Island", in which waste is still burnt 24 hours a day.

The new government’s policies are finally taking a new path towards a green economy.
Since the first years of school lessons are given on waste recycling and environmental sustainability with new renewable energies.
Many international NGOs work alongside the government trying to solve the environmental problems of the islands. The government is working to develop renewable energy systems and improve energy efficiency with solar panels. Hydroponic greenhouses are built also in the most remote islands to make them self-sufficient.

Young people now talk about new ecological ideas. Local associations of volunteers weekly clean the beaches, replant the corals in sea-nurseries, collect plastic waste from the seabed. They celebrate their birthdays inviting friends to collect rubbish on the island's beaches.

Something is going on.

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