It’s a remote island nation of twenty thousand people and hundreds of rock islands. Palau is quite unique because of its geographical isolation. It sits on a ridge hundreds and hundreds of miles from the closest large land mass, whether it be Indonesia or the Philippines. Diving here is world-class. A lot of people rate it best in the world. The water was super clear. It was amazing. It was like a spacewalk. Coral here is some of the healthiest in the world. The amount of coral. Hundreds and hundreds of sharks. Different species of fish. It’s the highest anywhere in the world that you can go. Of all the places I’ve traveled to, this is by far the most beautiful. But, Palau is in trouble. We are living on the front line of climate change. The President of Palau has been one of the pioneers when it comes to fighting climate change, so we sat down with him to find out why it was so important to him to act. Sea level rises are already destroying our low-lying atolls, our crops, our homeland. The chemistry of the ocean is changing. Weather patterns here are getting pretty crazy. Palau rarely even saw typhoons at all, but in just two years, two super typhoons have hit. And it just decimated the reefs on the east side. What used to be some of the most pristine and spectacular reefs have just gone. People have this apathetic feeling that we’ll worry about it when they time comes. But actually, it’s already too late to just talk about it. Our children will not inherit the same world that we grew up in. It’s changed. But, I think the question now is can we create a world for them that is habitable? It’s not a matter of whether we believe it or not. It’s happening. And, of course, we don’t want to leave. This is our homeland. Rising waters around the globe have already swallowed up other Pacific Islands, forcing residents there to flee. When we think about that possibility happening to us, it scares us. This eco-minded community is single-handedly doing more to fight global warming than the U.S., a country seventeen thousand times its size in population. Palau has done a lot and it has a long-established history of preserving their marine environments, going back hundreds, even thousands of years. So, they’re really at the forefront of conservation, if you will, for the oceans. Palau has decided to take a step forward and create a marine sanctuary with our entire exclusive economic zone. They’ve also established a no-fishing zone in eighty percent of their water, protecting an area larger than the state of California. Climate change is gonna affect everyone, not just the ocean. We’re gonna see different weather patterns. We’re gonna see longer warm periods, a melting of the glaciers. We’re gonna see species disappear. What we hope is that the world will take notice and make similar commitments. We have to be more proactive. We have to deal with it as a global community, ‘cuz only then can we address it. Some say we’ve already gone over the tipping point. Some say that we can slow the rate of change down. And the Paris agreements and everything that have recently happened. We have to try. If we don’t try, it’s my children, it’s your children, it’s the children of the future that are going to feel all the impacts of it. For more information on how you can get involved in preserving our oceans, visit Nat Geo’s Pristine Seas project and Uproxx.com.