President Obama in Yosemite National Park: ‘Earth is Only We have Got’

Time: 9:07 p.m. CEST

The President Barack Obama talked Saturday to mark the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Parks system at Yosemite National Park in California.  With the celebration, which is in August, the system of the National Park Service includes 400 cites.

“Since I took office, I am proud to build on a work of all those giants that  came before me, to support our national resources and to help all Americans to get outdoors.  We protected more than 265 million acres of public lands and waters. That is more than any administration in history,” Obama said.

In the successes of his administration, Obama shares the many victories under the Endangered Species Act than any previous administration, which includes from black bears in Louisiana, to sea turtles, to Florida manatees, to the restoring of ecosystems.

Obama said, “our national parks are not good only for the find and explore, they are good for the local and national economies.” To support this, Obama said, the study shows that every dollar invested in our national parks, generates $10 for local economies.

“This parks help to drive national outdoor industries, boots, tents, mountain bikes, snowmobiles, that industry supports million American jobs and almost 650 billion dollars in spending every year,” Obama explained.

The President talked on the climate change. “Make no mistake, climate change is no longer just a threat, it is a reality now,” he said. Obama talked with some of the rangers in Yosemite where, “The meadows is drying up, bird ranges are shifting farther the North one, alpine mammals like pikas are being forced further up slope to escape higher temperatures.”

“Yosemite’s larger glacier, once a mile wide is now almost gone,” Obama said.

The President addressed the issues of wildfires. “We are also seeing longer, more expensive, more dangerous wildfire seasons.  Fires are raging across the West right now. I was just in New Mexico yesterday,  which is dealing with the big wildfire, just like folks in California and four other states, all are early in the season,” Obama said.

Obama said the parks belongs to all of us, this planet belongs to all us. “It is only we have got,” Obama said. Obama warned that decades of rising temperatures “could mean no more glaciers in the National Glacier Park, no more Joshua Tree in the Joshua Tree National Park, rising sea could destroy vital ecosystems, and at some point could even threaten icons like the Statue of Liberty at Long Island. “

“That is not America I want to pass on to the next generation. It is not a legacy anyone wants to leave behind,” Obama said.



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