In a recent interview with National Geographic, President Barack Obama speaks with environment writer Craig Welch on the well-being of our Earth. Obama was on the atoll to tour Midway’s 1,100-acre Sand Island and view the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. During the interview, Obama credits his mother and Hawaii for his love of nature, and he highlighted his concerns about the future of the oceans and the planet. He also outlined what he hopes will be one of his proudest accomplishments as President.
In the closing months of his time in the White House, Obama has been on an aggressive push to emphasize the importance of science and the environment. Obama has also been speaking out about his other actions, such as ramping up fuel economy standards on new vehicles such as trucks, vans, and buses, and driving United States carbon emissions to their lowest level in years. Obama states, “I’m 55. I’ll be leaving the presidency and beginning a new phase. My oldest daughter just graduated from high school. This is a time when you start thinking about what you are leaving behind.” Watch the interview above.