President Nasheed has said that global awareness on climate change has increased over the years. The President made this statement before the inauguration of the Earth Hour celebrations in the Maldives. The Earth Hour celebration began with the switching off the lights of the Muleeaage by President Nasheed at 8.30pm, last night.

In his speech, the President highlighted the negative impacts of climatic change on the Maldives. He also said that the celebration of Earth Hour symbolize that each one of us, working together, can make a positive impact on climate change. Further, he said, the celebration was also an effort to actively participate in the efforts to minimize the effect of climate change, pollution and global warming.