Rune Eraker

Rune Eraker

© Rune Eraker, The Maldives, 2011

Waste from foreign tourists at island resorts and from the inhabitants of Male is transported to and dumped on Thilafushi.
Here it is burnt and scraped into the sea. As a result, the island grows by up to a square metre a day and has become 2 metres high.
This is how the authorities are trying to get ahead of the rising sea level. Average height over sea level in the Maldive Islands is one metre.
The rising sea level threatens the existence of the Maldive Islands.
It is a paradox that the country earns its livelihood from airborne tourism that contributes to climate changes.