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Celebrate International Coastal Cleanup Day

11 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 Philippe Cousteau, co-founder of EarthEcho International.

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Philippe Cousteau: Oceans are the life support system of our
planet.
[TEXT: Oceans are our life support]

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[TEXT: Philippe Cousteau, President and Co-Founder,
EarthEcho International]
We absolutely cannot survive on this world without healthy oceans and coasts.

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Seventy percent of this planet is ocean.
[TEXT: 70% of the Earth is ocean]

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Well over a billion people every day rely on seafood as their
primary or only source of protein.
[TEXT: One billion people rely
on the ocean for their daily food]

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Oceans regulate our climate.
[TEXT: Oceans regulate our climate]

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They provide the majority of our oxygen.
[TEXT: Oceans provide our oxygen]

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The oceans are a global resource that we all rely upon.
[TEXT: A global resource we all rely on]

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This dialogue around ocean conservation is reaching a global scale.

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It takes a chorus of us.

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It’s not that you can make a difference,
it’s that everything you do makes a difference.

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And the question we must ask ourselves is what kind of a difference
do we want to make for ourselves
[TEXT: What kind of difference do we want to make?]

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and for our future?

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[Music]

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[TEXT: Celebrate International Coastal Cleanup Day
September 20th]

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[TEXT: Sign up to clean up:
Click here]

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[TEXT: Select photos © AP Images]

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[TEXT: Produced by the U.S. Department of State]