"When you fly into the Maldives you feel like the Mafia. “Nice place, shame if
something happened to it.” And you’re the thing that’s happening to it.
In the Maldives you can see both climate change and the impossibility of
averting it within your own eyes. In the city of Male I saw sandbags around the
flooding airport, a cargo ship of liquified petroleum, and a sign saying no
bicycles or walking to the airport. I could hear constant airplanes and
seaplanes overhead, smell diesel from the ubiquitous boats, and simply feel the
searing heat out of season. Again, these things are happening all over the
world, but not right in front of you like in the Maldives. Climate collapse is
an academic debate in much of the world, still, but in the Maldives it’s
unavoidable. But the reaction isn’t what you think. It’s not awareness so much
as a massive cognitive dissonance."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics