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Jack Johnson’s Two Steps to Help Protect Our Ocean

10 September 2014

This video was produced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs in September 2014. The speaker is singer and songwriter Jack Johnson.

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My name is Jack Johnson.
[Jack Johnson Singer/Songwriter]

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As a kid I grew up surfing every single day.

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Anytime I could, I’d be getting
out into the water.

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And when I’d go surfing on the east side of O’ahu,
the island I grew up on,

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every day we’d be focusing on the waves,
and we’d just rush out there to surf,

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and as we were stepping over the high tide line,
a lot of it was plastic along there.

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And as the years went by, the
plastic was building up,

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and I was starting to look down
as I’d step over that high tide line,

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and realizing that so much of
that plastic was avoidable.

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So much of it was bottle caps and things that I
was using in my own life.

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So I’m asking you two things.

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One, to pledge not to use any
more single-use plastic.

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Do the best you can to cut that
out of your life.

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And, number two, try to
volunteer at a beach cleanup,

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and if you promise to do one,
I promise I’ll do five.

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And maybe I’ll even see you at one of the beach cleanups.
Aloha! Thank you.

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[Sign up to clean up: Click here]

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[#AAOPlasticFree
www.allatonce.org]

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