A Maldives resort. (Photo by Funda Karayel)

Maldives - Paradise at risk: Maldives in danger of disappearing due to climate change

The Maldives is confronting the devastating reality of rising sea levels, but sustainable initiatives such as the Maldives Clean Energy Initiative, the Maldives Marine Protected Area Initiative, the Maldives Sustainable Tourism Initiative and the plastic pollution reduction project provide hope for the future of this unique and fragile island nation

The Maldives is facing the devastating reality of rising sea levels. Scientists say 80% of the Maldives could be uninhabitable by 2050. As the world watches the Maldives confront this existential threat, it is time for all of us to take action to address climate change. To bring attention to this critical issue, I traveled to the Maldives to witness the effects of climate change firsthand upon an invitation.

As a traveler who is passionate about sustainability, I recently had the opportunity to visit Club Med Kani as a guest in the Maldives, a resort known for its commitment to sustainable tourism. During my stay, I was impressed by the resort's efforts to minimize its environmental impact and promote sustainability through a range of initiatives and programs. The fate of this unique and fragile island nation is in our hands, and we must act now to ensure that it survives for generations to come.

During my stay at Club Med Kani, I had the opportunity to learn more about the resort's sustainability initiatives through guided tours and informational sessions. I was impressed by the level of commitment and attention to detail that the resort demonstrates in its sustainability efforts. From waste management to renewable energy, every aspect of the resort's operations is designed with sustainability in mind. According to Club Med Türkiye Director Özlem Tosun, the brand has a Club Med Foundation dedicated to this cause, and 80% of their hotels have obtained sustainability certificates.

A sunset in the Maldives. (Photo by Funda Karayel)
A sunset in the Maldives. (Photo by Funda Karayel)

Their commitment to sustainability is evident in the construction of their Maldives resort, which was built with great care and attention to preserving the unique natural environment in which it is located. At Club Med Finolhu Villas, for example, 6,000 square meters of solar panels generate about 40% of the resort's electricity needs. This innovative approach not only reduces the resort's carbon footprint but also demonstrates the potential of renewable energy sources to power the hospitality industry.

I had the opportunity to experience the wonders of marine life up close with Club Med's professional diving team in the Maldives and caught glimpses of protected sea turtles and baby sharks, observing them in their natural habitat. The colorful corals and diverse fish species were like something out of a documentary, and snorkeling among them was a truly unforgettable experience.

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