Sinking Island Holds Underwater Meeting

Talk about desperate: Cabinet members from the tiny island of Maldives recently held a meeting underwater to illustrate the importance of a carbon-cutting deal in Copenhagen this December.

Inhabitants have a right to be worried—if sea levels rise as projected, it’s estimated 80 percent of the country will be underwater by 2100.

Watch a video of the meeting, complete with notepads, fish, and scuba gear, below. To read about Tuvalu, another low-lying island where citizens face displacement due to global warming, pick up the issue of Mother Jones hitting newsstands now.


In 2014, before Donald Trump announced his run for president, we knew we had to do something different to address the fundamental challenge facing journalism: how hard-hitting reporting that can hold the powerful accountable can survive as the bottom falls out of the news business.

Being a nonprofit, we started planning The Moment for Mother Jones, a special campaign to raise $25 million for key investments to make Mother Jones the strongest watchdog it can be. Five years later, readers have stepped up and contributed an astonishing $23 million in gifts and future pledges. This is an incredible statement from the Mother Jones community in the face of huge threats—both economic and political—against the free press.

Read more about The Moment and see what we've been able to accomplish thanks to readers' incredible generosity so far, and please join them today. Your gift will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $500,000 total, during this critical moment for journalism.

We Recommend


Sign up for our newsletters

Subscribe and we'll send Mother Jones straight to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.


Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.


We have a new comment system! We are now using Coral, from Vox Media, for comments on all new articles. We'd love your feedback.