Obama joins Facebook with message about climate change

10 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Another Dad Joins Facebook — President Obama.

He used his first Facebook post to make an impassioned plea for support on addressing climate change ahead of next month’s climate summit in Paris that will see world leaders attempt to create a global pact to combat global warming. WASHINGTON (CBS) — President Barack Obama finally has his own page on Facebook, and in his first post, he gives a shoutout to some New Hampshire elementary school students.(CBS SF) — President Obama may have relied heavily on social media to win the 2008 Presidential Election, but he’s just now getting his feet wet on Facebook.That’s the top of the first post written by one of Facebook’s newest users –- a man who identifies himself as a “dad, husband,” and, oh yeah, “44th President of the United States.” That’s not to say Obama hasn’t had a heavy Facebook presence for years.

In the announcement and at a subsequent White House press briefing, Obama confirmed details of his participation in the Paris Climate Summit, with a visit scheduled for Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. “Hello, Facebook! In the video posted Monday afternoon, the commander-in-chief gives the world a short tour of the White House grounds – his backyard for the past seven years. Back in March, the fourth graders made a name for themselves when they went to the New Hampshire House of Representatives to propose making the red-tailed hawk the state raptor. And a lot of what I do is just think about how I want make sure that the beauty of this particular national park, but also national parks, all across the country and our planet are going to be there for Malia, Sasha, their kids, their grandkids for generations to come.” He said he intends his page, with over 45 ,000 likes within an hour, to be a place where people can have “real conversations about the most important issues facing our country,” and some “just-for-fun stuff, too.” Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg was among the first to welcome him to the social media site. “Excited for you to have your very own Page – and looking forward to the conversation (and the just-for-fun stuff),” she wrote. I say this often, but that’s because it’s always at the front of my mind: We’ve got to preserve this beautiful planet of ours for our kids and grandkids.

Last week, Obama cited climate concerns as a key reason for rejecting the Keystone XL Pipeline, saying, “America’s now a global leader when it comes to taking serious action to fight climate change. In a few weeks, I’m heading to Paris to meet with world leaders about a global agreement to meet this challenge.I hope you’ll join me in speaking out on climate change and educating your friends about why this issue is so important. Share your thoughts in the comments, and pass this message on to folks you think need to see it.If we’re all in this together, I’m confident we can solve this and do right by future generations.

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