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Seychelles president's underwater speech: Protect our oceans

In a striking speech delivered from deep below the ocean's surface, the Seychelles president is making a global plea for stronger protection of the "beating blue heart of our planet."

President Danny Faure's call for action, the first-ever live speech from an underwater submersible, comes from one of the many island nations threatened by global warming.

The president is speaking during a visit to an ambitious British-led science expedition exploring the Indian Ocean depths. Oceans cover over two-thirds of the world's surface but remain, for the most part, uncharted.

In this Saturday, April 13, 2019, photo, Seychelles President Danny Faure, center, gets briefed on the details of submersible operations on the deck of vessel Ocean Zephyr, off the coast of Desroches, in the outer islands of Seychelles. Faure toured the vessel and was presented with some of the findings and observations made by a British-led science expedition documenting changes taking place beneath the waves that could affect billions of people in the surrounding region over the coming decades. (AP PhotoSteve Barker)

Faure's speech says that "this issue is bigger than all of us, and we cannot wait for the next generation to solve it. We are running out of excuses to not take action, and running out of time."

In this Saturday, April 13 2019, photo, Seychelles President Danny Faure, right, tours the vessel on which researchers from a British-led science expedition are currently exploring the waters of the vast island nation, off the coast of Desroches, in the outer islands of Seychelles. Faure toured the vessel and was presented with some of the findings and observations made so far by the research team. (AP PhotoSteve Barker)

In this Saturday, April 13, 2019, photo, Seychelles President Danny Faure sits inside a submersible on the deck of vessel Ocean Zephyr, off the coast of Desroches, in the outer islands of Seychelles. Faure toured the vessel and was presented with some of the findings and observations made by a British-led scienceexpedition documenting changes taking place beneath the waves that could affect billions of people in the surrounding region over the coming decades. (AP PhotoSteve Barker)

In this Saturday, April 13, 2019, photo, Seychelles President Danny Faure smiles during an interview with the Associated Press, on board the vessel Ocean Zephyr off the coast of Desroches, in the outer islands of Seychelles. President Faure was visiting a British-led science expedition exploring the depths of the Indian Ocean where scientists documented changes taking place beneath the waves that could affect billions of people in the surrounding region over the coming decades. (AP PhotoSteve Barker)

In this Saturday, April 13, 2019, photo, Seychelles President Danny Faure, center, smiles for a photograph with two young Seychellois scientists on board the Ocean Zephyr, off the coast of Desroches, in the outer islands of Seychelles. President Faure was visiting a British-led science expedition exploring the depths of the Indian Ocean where scientists documented changes taking place beneath the waves that could affect billions of people in the surrounding region over the coming decades. (AP PhotoSteve Barker)