Eco-photo opps

A couple of eco-stunts by policy makers ahead of the Copenhagen Summit:

In the Maldives, President Nasheed held what was arguably the most high profile cabinet meeting the atoll has ever known. (Video here)

President Nasheed, emerging from a 30 min meeting under 20 ft of water. (AFP)
President Nasheed, emerging from a 30 min meeting under 20 ft of water. (AFP)

CBC reports that “They sat at a table anchored to the sand on the floor of the Indian Ocean and signed a document calling on all countries to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions.”

Under the sea (AP)
Under the sea (AP)

In Europe, members of the European Green Party commissioned an ice sculpture for the European parliament plenary meeting in Strasbourg. The statue, which began to melt instantly, was meant to bring (media) attention to the threats created by climate change:

Sculptor Christian Claudel in front of the EU Parliament in Stasbourg
Sculptor Christian Claudel in front of the EU Parliament in Strasbourg

Are these types of actions, performed by politicians and legislators, more effective at influencing the policy making process than non-profits, international organizations and scientists?