Protecting Our Ocean

Hundreds of the world’s leaders are due to meet later this month for the third Our Ocean Conference. The leaders will meet at the U.S. Department of State in Washington and try to find ways to preserve the oceans from pollution, unregulated fishing and carbon emissions.

Secretary of State John Kerry will host the conference on September 15-16 and says:

It’s a great big ocean. It’s wonderful to tip your toes in it and swim in it and go to the beach and enjoy it, but it needs to be protected”.

Another event happening at the same time is a leadership summit at Georgetown University where 150 students from around the world will devise strategies to create global action.

This comes as news of the world’s largest marine protected area has been created off the coast of Hawaii. President Obama gave a speech on September 1, to Leaders from the Pacific Island Conference of Leaders and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress in Honolulu.

Logo Our Ocean Washington, DC 2016 (www.state.gov)
Our Ocean Washington, DC 2016 (www.state.gov)

No nation, not even one as powerful as the United States, is immune from a changing climate…I created the world’s largest marine preserve. This is an area twice the size of Texas that’s going to be protected, and it allows us to save and study the fragile ecosystem threatened by climate change.”

You can find the President’s full remarks here.

You can follow the Our Ocean Conference proceedings via @StateDeptOES and  #OurOcean.