Anyone who has been to the capital Male’ would have an impression that all the country’s efforts to combat climate change are doomed to fail, writes Jofelle Tesorio in Asia News magazine.
“Even the basic element of sanitation in this crowded capital seems wanting. There are no trash bins on the island and the streets are littered with plastics, bottles and other rubbish. The heavy use of bottled water is owed to the fact that the country doesn’t have its own water source. Water comes from desalination plants.
“About 330 tonnes of garbage make it to Thilafushi Island, known as the ‘Rubbish Island’, each day. Only a handful of the 190 resorts in the Maldives have their own recycling facility and sewage treatment plants.”