By Rear Adm. Frank Ponds
Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific
This year’s Navy Earth Day theme, “Global Reach, Local Action,” fits perfectly here in Hawaii. Consider our home in the islands, one of the most beautiful, natural places on our planet – clean air, aqua-blue Pacific Ocean, and green mountains and valleys, filled with life.
Every day is a reminder to protect the beauty around us.
Whether at sea or pierside, our Sailors are taking conservation and recycling seriously. At installations ashore, our service members, civilians and families are learning and living the meaning of “malama ka `aina” – “respecting the land.” We are making a difference for this interconnected world around us.
The sea services have great respect for the marine environment. We have a special relationship with the oceans. We see the power, moods and mystery of the seas as we operate forward and stand watch in defense of freedom. We protect marine mammals and ocean resources.
I am proud of the Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Soldiers, Coast Guardsmen, civilians and family members in our region who work together in beach cleanups, environmental education programs and Earth Day events in our community.
We take action with our partners to conserve energy, protect endangered species, use renewable resources, recycle whenever possible and demonstrate our commitment to a cleaner environment – earth, air and sea.
On this Earth Day, officially proclaimed as April 22, we may be constrained in financial resources, but our commitment for volunteer action is unwavering. If every person does his or her part for the environment, imagine the difference we can make together!
This year, we are proud to be partnering with the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii State Civil Defense, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Coast Guard and University of Hawaii at Manoa friends for the Earth Day event at the Pearl Harbor Navy Exchange.
To our region and Middle Pacific team: No matter where you serve, no matter how you contribute, thank you for doing your part to protect, preserve and promote the environment. Your action locally on Earth Day and every day can have a global reach! Malama ka `aina.
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