August 9, 2022

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Special Guest Remarks at Ocean-climate Ambition Summit – News

John
Kerry,
Special
Presidential
Envoy
for
Climate

Ocean-climate
Ambition
Summit

Friends
Of
The
Ocean
&
Climate


Deputy
Prime
Minister
Isabella Lövin,
Sweden
:
This
is
also
the
year
when
we
welcome
old
friends
back
in
the
game.
Last
week,
we
were
all
pleased
to
hear
that
the
United
States
will
be
rejoining
the
Paris
Agreement.
And
it’s
my
great,
great
pleasure
to
introduce
an
old
friend
to
the
ocean,
our
special
guest,
the
Honorable
John
Kerry,
Special
Presidential
Envoy
for
Climate,
and
a
long-standing
and
passionate
friend
of
ocean
and
climate
action.
Secretary
Kerry,
the
floor
is
yours.


Secretary
Kerry:
 Thank
you
so
much.
I
really
appreciate
your
generous
introduction.
I
appreciate
your
great
leadership
and
I
begin
by
apologizing
that
we
have
been
absent.
I
know
you
know
that
many
of
us
are
deeply
upset
about
what
happened
over
the
last
years,
but
it’s
great
to
see
that
even
in
a
virtual
setting
like
this,
you
look
at
everyone
gathered
here
and
it
underscores
that
stewardship
of
the
ocean
is
not
just
the
personal
passion
of
a
few
nations
or
one
nation.
It’s
a
shared
and
mandatory
responsibility
for
all
of
us.
It’s
about
recognizing
a
simple
proposition
which
I
think
we
began
to
talk
about
at
the
first
oceans
conference
that
I
had
the
privilege
of
hosting
when
I
was
secretary.
And
that
proposition
is
that
you
cannot
protect
the
oceans
without
solving
climate
change
and
you
can’t
solve
climate
change
without
protecting
the
oceans.

For
far,
far
too
long,
an
ocean
meeting
was
an
ocean
meeting.
And
a
climate
negotiation
was
just
that,
a
climate
negotiation
without
people
recognizing
the
interconnectedness
and
the
majesty
of
the
ecosystem.
So,
we
need
to
say
goodbye
to
silos.
When
you
are
meeting
about
the
oceans,
you are meeting
about
the
climate.
And
it
is
critical
for
us
to
recognize
that
the
level
of
protection
that
we
give
is
going
to
depend
on
our
capacity
coming
together
in
this
kind
of
a
meeting,
which
I
want
to
emphasize,
we
do
reenter
with
a
genuine
sense
of
humility
because
for
four
years,
we’ve
been
absent
from
this
vital
dialogue,
actually
on
the
other
side
of
it,
I
regret
to
say,
as
a
nation.
But
not
our
people.
Most
of
the
states
in
the
country
have
renewable
portfolio
laws.
Most
of
the
mayors
in
our
country
continue
to
abide
by
Paris.

But
we
do
know
that
for
all
of
our
industrial
capacity
as
a
nation,
close
to
90
percent,
about
88
I
guess,
of
all
emissions
come
from
outside
our
borders
too.
So,
the
whole
world
has
to
come
to
this
table
together
to
solve
this
problem.
I’m
very
proud
we
are
back
in
the
effort.
I
am
pleased
to
say
that
we
happily
join
together
with
you
in
this
group
of
Friends
of
the
Ocean.
We
look
forward
to
being
a
new
member
and
part
of
this
effort
going
forward.

And,
obviously,
it
is
important
to
underscore
as
we
do
make
this
effort
to
go
forward
that
even
if
every
country
on
Earth,
or
other
than
us,
moves
separately,
no
one
has
the
ability
to
solve
this
problem
by
themselves.
China,
which
is
30%
of
all
emissions,
could
go
to
zero
tomorrow.
It
still
doesn’t
solve
the
problem.

So,
we
have
to
do
this
because
they
are
so
closely
integrated,
ocean
and
the
climate
generally.
So,
we
have
to
do
it
not
just
for
the
future
or
marine
life
but
literally
for
the
future
of
all
life.
We
know
that
the
single
best
and
most
important
way
in
which
we
can
protect
the
oceans
is
by
raising
ambition.
All
nations
need
to
raise
ambition,
but
particularly,
the
major
emitter
countries.
And
that’s
the
single
most
important
thing.
It
means
getting
to
net-zero
emissions
as
soon
as
we
can
because
that’s
the
only
way
you
create
a
global
recovery
that
is
both
climate
and
ocean
smart.
All
you
have
to
do
is
to
look
at
the
impact
of
acidification
as
well
as
the
warming
of
the
ocean
and
together
you
have
a
catastrophic
consequence
on
the
rest
of
the
world.
It’s
going
to
take
a
partnership.
And
it’s
going
to
be
up
to
all
of
us
to
decide
whether
or
not
we
adopt
the
ocean
policies
and
practices
that
we
know
are
needed
and
whether
or
not
in
the
end,
we
do
it
in
time.

In
the
some
thirty
years
or
so
that
I
have
been
working
on
this
on
all
seven
continents,
I
can
regrettably
have
to
say
that
mistakes
have
only
grown.
We
have
to
get
more
ambitious
to
act
against
the
rising
carbon
dioxide
levels
from
emissions
that
increase
the
ocean
acidity
and
devastate
coral
reefs
and
change
fishing
stocks
and
result
in
warming
of
the
ocean
as
a
whole
which
in
its
turn
has
a
negative
impact
on
most
ocean
life.

We
have
to
get
more
ambitious
to
change
the
reality
that
a
mere
five
percent
of
the
ocean
today,
five
percent
only,
has
any
form
of
protection.
And
frankly,
sometimes,
I’m
not
sure
I
am
comfortable
that
it’s
called
“protection.”
Because
the
reality
is
that
really
only
about
two
percent
is
actually
strongly
protected.

So, solving
climate
change
and
saving
the
oceans
is
in
fact
the
challenge
of
our
time
and
I
regret
to
say
to
everybody
that
if
you
need
motivation,
here’s
the
motivation.
When
we
left
Paris,
we
knew
we
weren’t
promising
the
world
and
our
citizens
that
we
were
holding
the
Earth’s
temperature
increase
to
2
degrees
centigrade
let
alone
1.5

we
knew
that.
It
wasn’t
that
we
hid
it,
it’s
just
that
the
best
Paris
could
do
was
get
every
country
to
decide
what
it
would
do
for
itself. 
No
mandates,
no
penalties,
no
enforcement,
and
each
country
signed
up,
to
the
credit
of
196
countries.

But,
if
every
country
that
signed
up
to
do
something
did
what
it
said
it
would
do,
we
are
still
rising
to
a
temperature
increase
on
planet
Earth
of
about
3.7
to
4.5
degrees.
Even
if
we
do
everything
in
Paris,
we’re
still
at
3.7.
The
problem
is
we’re
not
only
not
doing
everything
in
Paris,
we
see
countries
going
up
in
their
emissions.
And
that’s
why
we
are
talking
about
temperatures
in
the
4
point
something.
It
doesn’t
matter
whether
you’re
exact
about
it
because
anything
above
2
begins
to
be
catastrophic,
and
certainly
3
and
3.7
are
completely
catastrophic.

So, we
have
to
build
our
own
kind
of
current.
The
current
of
politics,
the
current
of
reasonableness,
the
current
of
common
sense
in
order
to
keep
for
future
generations
the
majestic
blue
jewel
that
covers
three
quarters
of
our
planet
and
sustains
life
around
the
equator
from
pole
to
pole.
A
lot
of
citizens
don’t
know
that
51%
of
the
oxygen
we
breathe
comes
from
the
ocean.
As Friends
of
the Ocean,
we
refuse,
I
think
all
of
us,
to
be
the
prisoners
of
history
and
instead
we
are
going
to
turn
the
tide
of
history.
We
need
to
go
to
Glasgow
and
make
it
absolutely
clear
that
oceans
are
as
integral
a
part
of
the
effort
to
resolve
the
problem
of
climate
and
climate
is
integral
to
resolve
the
problem
of
ocean
as
any
other
things
that
we
will
choose
to
do.

So,
we
all
have
a
job
to
do
in
this
turning.
It
can
be
done.
It
is
the
greatest
marketplace
the
world
has
ever
known.
And
in
the
discovery
of
direct
air
capture
or
new
battery
storage
that
gets
you
25,
30
days
or
more,
in
the
discovery
of
new
hydrogen
fuels
and
all
of
these
things
that
we
build
out
now
in
the
United
States
to
make
us
more
climate
friendly
and
capable
of
transferring
energy
from
one
part
of
the
nation
to
the
other
and
building
out
charging
stations
and
transitioning
to
electric
vehicles.
That
future
is
worth
millions
upon
millions
of
jobs
and
a
remarkable
plus
up
for
our
economies
that
need
to
recover
from
COVID-19.
We
can
turn
this
current
and
create
our
own
current.
We
can
do
what
we
need
to
do
to
get
the
job
done.

It’s
a
privilege
to
be
with
you
and
I’m
glad
that
the
United
States
under
the
leadership
of
Joe
Biden
is
back
in
Paris
and
back
at
this
table.


Deputy
Prime
Minister
Isabella Lövin,
Sweden
:
Thank
you
so
much
Secretary
John
Kerry
for your
inspiring
and
very
important
remarks.
And
welcome
back
to
the
Paris
Agreement
and
we
look
forward
to
working
together
with
you.
And
I
think
with
your
personal
leadership,
we
will
certainly
make
sure
that
the
current
will
turn
and
that
we
will
also
include
the
ocean
in
the
climate
work.

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