First of all, I need to point that I am Facebook friends with Johnson Toribiong, President of Palau. How cool is that?
Even cooler is the fact that earlier this week President Toribiong, after protecting all shark species in his nation's waters, created a sanctuary for marine mammals.
Take that, Japanese whale killers!
It is inspiring for me to have leaders in Micronesia who care enough about their natural heritage to do something to protect it. Saipan is experiencing a blitz of turtle and fruit bat poachings after decades of mismanaging our marine resources.
There are many people on Saipan who would like to see the islands turn away from destruction towards restoration, but very few are willing to risk the political pitfalls doing so requires. I just keep telling myself, one day. One day.