President Obama has started a trek throughout Alaska to highlight the climate change effects on America’s northernmost state. He has joined explorer and reality TV star Bear Gryll in his adventure and has been posting regular updates of their trip on the White House Twitter and Instagram account.
One of the videos documenting the adventure shows the U.S. president expressing worries that ice caps are receding at growing speeds due to global warming. He exemplifies this by referring to markers placed on Exit Glacier, which have shown how much it has diminished in size throughout the years.
Barack Obama also mentioned Ressurection Bay in his postings, insisting that the place, dominated by cliffs and glaciers, is a natural habitat for dozens of species such as sea lions and whales, which reinforces the need to preserve and protect it.
“The impacts of climate change are real, and the people of Alaska are living with them every day. It’s never been more important for us to work together to address this challenge”, cautioned the president.
According to recent findings, global warming has been affecting the Alaskan area at twice the speed that has been recorded in the other American states.
Obama’s journey is an unprecedented moment in the history of social media, marking the first time a sitting president has documented his voyages on Instagram. He is also scheduled to appear on a special episode of “Running Wild” later this year, when more footage of the 3-day outdoor adventure he took with Bear Grylls in Alaska will be shown.
As a sneak peek, the president recently used a selfie stick and posted a photograph featuring Grylls on his Instagram, humorously captioned, “Glad this was the only Bear I met in the park”.
Obama has decided to take the Alaskan trek in an effort to emphasize how crucial it is to join forces, address global warming and reverse or at least reduce its consequences.
However, the historic trip hasn’t been treated seriously by all members of the public. An online petition drew attention to the fact that normally on the “Running Wild” show extreme conditions are presented, and participants have even had to drink their own urine.
Supporters of the cause have urged the president to take this step also, and the petition, which has currently raised 500 signatures, has already been published on the “We the People” website. Provided that more than 100, 000 signatures are collected, the White House will have to give a statement in response to the request.
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