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Laura Bush: Protect Oceans to Avoid Catastrophe

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Former first lady Laura Bush is advocating new territory for national parks in another natural area that is in peril: the ocean. And Bush points to perhaps the country’s most famous national park, Yellowstone, as a blueprint to expand the National Marine Sanctuary System and save the waters from ruination.

“Our first national park was named not after a mountain or forest but for a mighty river: Yellowstone,” Bush writes in an Op-Ed in The Wall Street Journal. “For centuries the world's waters have connected us. Explorers, traders, scientists and fishermen have traveled our oceans and rivers in search of new resources and a greater understanding of the world. This Wednesday, as we mark World Oceans Day, we must intensify our efforts to better understand, manage and conserve our waters and marine habitats if they are to remain a vibrant source of life for future generations.”

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