Considering all he has accomplished in just a few years in the educating world leaders and citizens about climate change, Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed -- the first democratically-elected leader of the island nation -- has quit amid growing protests.
Some are calling it a coup or mutiny. Instead of digging his heels in his position, Nasheed decided against using force to maintain his power. He was quickly replaced in about an hour by his VP Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik.
While most people around the world may not see or feel the effects of climate change directly, the citizens of the Maldives have it quite differently. Because the nation has the lowest level surfaces on earth, they have been struggling with continuously rising sea levels which have already overflowed parts of the country. The now former President Nasheed had been studiously working with other neighboring countries to prepare for a mass exodus of Maldivians to the mainland, perhaps within decades.
Fingers crossed that the next President has the foresight to continue these urgent efforts regarding climate change. He really doesn't have a choice!