Protect our Protect our oceans

Desroches Island: In a striking speech delivered from deep below the ocean’s surface, the Seychelles President on Sunday made a global plea for stronger protection of the “beating blue heart of our planet”. President Danny Faure’s (in pic-L) call for action, the first-ever live spe­e­ch from an underwater submersible, came from one of the many island nations thr­eatened by global warming.

He spoke during a visit to a British-led science expedition exploring the Indian Ocean depths. Oceans cover two-thirds of the world’s surface but remain, for the most part, uncharted. We have better maps of Mars than we do of the ocean floor, Faure said. “This issue is bigger than all of us, and we cannot wait for the next generation to solve it. We are running out of excuses to not take action, and running out of time,” the President said from a manned submersible 400 ft below the waves, on the seabed off the outer islands of the African nation.

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