Protecting Our Planet Means Protecting Our Ocean

Protecting Our Planet Means Protecting Our Ocean


The President:
Let’s do this thing. ♪ (music) ♪ The President: We
cannot truly protect our planet without
protecting our ocean. It’s been said that we don’t
inherit the earth from our parents, so much as we
borrow it from our children. Our children prove every day
that they care deeply about this planet. Their right to inherit a
healthy planet is a sacred responsibility
for all of us. And how we treat our oceans
is a big part of that burden. Just last month we created
the largest marine-protected area on earth. It is now twice
the size of Texas. The trip we took to Midway
— which is right in the center of this new marine
preserve — we drove around, went to a beach in which
there were six or seven turtles lying in the sun,
and we have sea turtles down in Hawaii, but we never
see them on the beach. But up in Midway they didn’t
have people chasing them away and so they felt
pretty comfortable. Turns out they like sun when
we’re not over-crowding the beaches. And then we went out
snorkeling, and the coral was purple, and it was
orange, and there were monk seals sunning themselves on
some rocks and one of them dove in which made one of
the people on my team who I shall not name
pretty nervous. (laughter) The President:
And we spent the afternoon looking at this incredible
variety of fish, and that too was a great cause for us
because it reminded us that nature is actually resilient
if we take care to just stop actively destroying it. It’ll come back. And certainly the oceans can
come back if we take the steps that are necessary. I saw it. It was right there, evidence
of the incredible power of nature to rebuild itself
if we’re not consistently trying to tear it down. ♪ (music) ♪

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