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Jan 6, 2009

If you had asked me five years ago what the biggest environmental issue would be for our generation, I would have said the destruction of the oceans.  Of course, the rising threat from global warming has overshadowed all others recently, but the oceans continue on a tragic path – a true tragedy of the commons.

 

Today there’s a bright spot, as President Bush has designated a large area of the American-controlled Pacific Ocean islands and waters a marine national monument.  The designation will create limits on oil exploration, fishing and other commercial activities to protect the habitat for the birds, fish and other marine inhabitants of the region.

 

The protected area adds to the  Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument that Bush designated two years ago.  Together, the two areas protect 334,000 square miles – about the size of California, Oregon and Washington combined.

 

Congratulations to our partners, the Pew Environment Group and the Marine Conservation Biology Institute, who worked hard to make this happen, and to the thousands of Care2 members who sent public comments (12)  supporting this plan.   Success!

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Posted: Tuesday January 6, 2009, 6:40 pm
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karyn L. (3)
Tuesday January 6, 2009, 8:01 pm
Success, Beautiful

Elainna Crowell (174)
Wednesday January 7, 2009, 1:31 am
Maybe, Just Maybe, da Bush finally got something right. While, this doesn't quite make up for all the social, environmental and political messes he is responsible for, I'm delighted he actually accomplished something worthwhile!

Jeff S. (162)
Wednesday January 7, 2009, 5:32 pm
This is a very exciting vistory, not just from the perspective of the marine life being preserved, but to see Bush actually actively making a pro-environmental decision. Kudos to everyone who worked to acheive this!

Eric R. (35)
Tuesday January 13, 2009, 3:50 am
I'm so happy we were a part of this great effort. The oceans are a critical part of our life support system on earth, and their health is critical. Well done Care2, Pew, and MCBI.

. (0)
Wednesday January 14, 2009, 2:32 pm
I'm very passionate about the Oceans and Marine Wildlife.This victory is one step in the right direction.Thanks for the post Randy

Nikolas K. (94)
Thursday January 15, 2009, 4:19 pm
Hmmm the NWO also talk about locking up our resources for their exclusive use. I pray that this is not the thin edge of the wedge as Bush is a war criminal and a puppert of the Hidden world government.
I would never trust anything he said or did.
911 is of his making so he could recover his lost access to heroin and oil for his buddies in crime.

Diane T. (0)
Thursday January 15, 2009, 4:31 pm
I am proud to be a part of this. I feel that this is just the beginning.

Diane T. (0)
Thursday January 15, 2009, 5:18 pm
I am proud to be part of this group. I see many good things ahead.

Rosie Castellanos (0)
Thursday January 15, 2009, 5:51 pm
I AM SO PROUD TO BE PART OF THE CARE 2 GROUP. CONGRATULATION TO RANDY AND ALL THE STAFF. I ONLY SEND YOUR E-CARDS, THEY ARE FANTASTIC!
THE 2009 WILL A GREAT YEAR FOR ALL OF YOU!

Darla M. (0)
Friday January 16, 2009, 1:04 pm
It's about time he did something worthwhile, it's too bad he didn't find his brain before now.

Paulette P. (0)
Saturday January 17, 2009, 12:34 am
Very good news, indeed!

Linn F. (0)
Saturday August 1, 2009, 3:14 am
God bless you Mr. Bush, thank you =)

Sterling Doughty (0)
Monday May 2, 2011, 3:48 am
How much money did care 2 contribute to this before taking credit? What is the salary (and benefits) of the care2 CEO?

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