In response to President Obama’s remarks on climate resiliency at the Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders in Hawaii, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released the following statement from David McCauley, senior vice president of government and multilateral affairs:
“It’s clear the President recognizes that our nation needs a two-pronged approach to climate action. By cutting back the emissions driving climate change, while simultaneously helping communities and nations prepare for its impacts, President Obama is facing the climate crisis head-on.
“Especially in the Pacific, climate change is already affecting daily lives. Waters are warming. Seas are rising. These rapid changes underscore the need to address both the causes and consequences of climate change with equal vigor.
“In expanding Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, the President is protecting one the most biologically diverse – and hopefully resilient – marine environments in the world.”