What if, back in 2009, Obama had followed in President Kennedy's footsteps and made a moonshot speech about the climate, pledging to make the US the world's first carbon-neutral country within ten years? What if he did that right now?
The Island President stars Mohamed Nasheed, the first democratically elected president of the Maldives. Until Nasheed was deposed in what his supporters describe as a coup, he was a leading voice in the fight to stop global warming and rising seas which threaten his homeland.
The Island President may already be too late, in terms of the changes it hopes to effect. But Nasheed remains a courageous and inspiring figure, particularly now that he's been forced from office by stand-ins for the kind of forces he has been trying to combat.