Jumeirah Vittaveli Maldives has revealed the White Fire exhibition, where a display of bleached corals symbolized the effect of global warming and photographs by award winning photographer Mohamed Azmeel was showcased.
To kick off the evening, Shaheena Ali, a professional dive instructor and Executive Director for Parley for the Ocean in Maldives, took the stage and introduced the audience to the threats of global warming and the dangers of coral bleaching.
”We are proud to host this important exhibition at Jumeirah Vittaveli. Living in such a fragile eco environment, with the highest point of natural elevation only 2.5 meters in the Maldives, fighting climate change and doing our part to support eco-conservation efforts is close to our heart,” said Jumeirah Vittaveli’s General Manager Abhijit Ghosh.
The resort implemented a range of initiatives such as sustainable purchasing, working with local fishermen and agricultural islands to source fish and produce, operating our own water bottling plant, and creating artificial coral reefs to support the natural marine life surrounding the island.
President Mohamed Nasheed, who famously held a cabinet meeting underwater in 2009 to alert the world to the dangers of climate change, also delivered a speech at the exhibition. “We need to ensure that international powers commit to limiting global warming and we all work together to fight climate change.”