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"When trouble comes up anywhere in the world, they don’t call Beijing, they don’t call Moscow. They call us…when there’s a typhoon in the Philippines, take a look at who is helping the Philippines deal with that situation. When there is an earthquake in Haiti, take a look at who is leading the charge, making sure Haiti can rebuild. That’s how we roll. And that’s what makes us America." —President Obama on 60 Minutes

Climate change is causing sea levels and ocean temperatures to rise. President Obama’s taking action by expanding the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument and making it off-limits to development. It’s the largest marine reserve in the world.

These are photos of what we’re saving.


Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today applauded President Obama for his action to designate the largest marine reserve in the world to protect the pristine waters from commercial resource extraction including commercial fishing.

The proclamation expands the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, one of the most intact, ecologically sound marine environments in the world, to six times its current size, resulting in 370,000 square nautical miles (490,000 square miles) around these islands and atolls in the south-central Pacific Ocean. 

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Top photo: Jim Maragos - USFWS
Bottom photo: Erik Oberg/Island Conservation