In a bid to global awareness on the need to protect oceans, the president of Seychelles made a speech from the ocean’s surface.
Danny Faure spoke from a manned submersible 120 metres (400ft) below the waves — part of an ambitious British-led science expedition — urging the world to protect the “beating blue heart of our planet”.
“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,” he said.
Faure, in what was billed as the first live speech from a submersible, highlighted the role of oceans in regulating the climate and that they generate “half of the oxygen we breathe”.
President Danny Faure of the Seychelles delivers a speech from beneath the Indian Ocean in an effort to save the the marine life beneath and the oceans#ocean rescue pic.twitter.com/QfdB7eNQck
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The expedition led by University of Oxford scientists has explored the underwater life, mapped large areas of the sea floor and surveyed the depths with manned submersibles and underwater drones.