White House Video Previews President Obama’s Trip to Alaska
President Barack Obama will use his trip to Alaska later this month as the backdrop of a message to the world about climate change, he announced in a video message today.
Obama plans to take his trip beyond the streets of Anchorage and will be the first sitting U.S. president to visit Alaska’s Arctic, a White House official said today.
“In Alaska, glaciers are melting. The hunting and fishing upon which generations have depended — for their way of life, and for their jobs — are threatened. Storm surges once held at bay now endanger entire villages. As Alaskan permafrost melts, some homes are even sinking into the ground. The state’s God-given natural treasures are at risk,” Obama said in the video address.
“When I’m there, I’ll meet with Americans who are dealing with climate change every day, and I’ll talk with other nations about how we can tackle this challenge together,” he said.