Time: 10:06 p.m. CEST
President Barack Obama in two days gave two speeches devoted to issues of the climate change, one in Nevada and another in Hawaii, his home state, pledging common work for the future of the planet and next generations. Air Force One arrived safely in Hawaii after escaping two hurricanes in the Pacific, where Obama talked to the audience of the Pacific Islands Conference of leaders.
Obama acknowledged that even powerful nation, as the United States, could not escape the effects of the rapidly changing climate.“ The President shared his personal experience, he saw in the state of Alaska, where “the sea is swallowing villages and eating away at shorelines, where the permafrost thaws and the tundra is burning, where the glaciers are melting at a pace, unprecedented in modern times.”
Obama said that those rapid changes are preview of our future.” “It is a preview of our future, if the climate changes faster, than our efforts to address it,” Obama said.
For the islanders, only a mile away from the place where Obama was born, he said that in the past seven-and-a-half years, Americans worked “to generate more clean energy, use less dirty energy, and waste less energy overall.” Obama said that he as a president has protected more land and ocean than Teddy Roosevelt, knows as the “conservationist president.” While in office, Obama said he protected 549 millions of acres of our land, and waters for our children and our grandchildren. The President assured that economy could go hand-in-hand with the protection of the environment. “There is no conflict between a healthy economy and a healthy planet. That is why I committed with Mexico, Canada to get 50% of the U.S. electricity by 2025. Conservation has been a cornerstone of my presidency,” Obama said.
Tearful Obama addressed the climate change at the University of Hawaii, one mile away of the place where his father Barack Obama Senior and Ann Durham met. Obama said that he wants to ensure a healthy planet for the next generations, including his and first lady Michel Obama daughters Sasha and Malia. “I want to make sure that when they are brining their children and grandchildren here, they are able to appreciate the wonders and beauty of this island and the Pacific,” Obama said.
On Thursday, Obama visited Midway Atoll, located within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, to mark the significance of this monument designation and highlight first-hand how the threat of climate change makes protecting our public lands and waters more important than ever. The designation will expand the existing Marine National Monument by 442,781 square miles, bringing the total protected area of the expanded monument to 582,578 square miles. The President will expand the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating the world’s largest marine protected area, the White House previously announced.
President Obama is on a more than one-week official visits that would include participation in the G-20 meeting in Hangzhou, China next week. As the White House previously said, it is expected that the U.S. and China will ratify together the Paris Agreement on climate change. Alarming climate data urge the worldwide activities to lower the emissions. Since last October, every month reaches a new record for raising temperatures, with July being the hottest single month, as NASA said during the summer.