Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries! It’s only with your support that we can successfully protect our nation’s precious marine ecosystems, and we are ever-thankful for you.
We’re also thankful for the expansion of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, which has granted protection to thousands more marine organisms and many critical habitats. This expansion marked a major conservation success for our ocean, and will help protect endangered species like this cuddly monk seal and green sea turtle for decades to come.
To all of our friends, partners, and supporters, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, and a wonderful holiday season!
Every day, acts of hate happen and sometimes one act of hate can become so terrible that it seems to overwhelm all that is good. Humans are capable of monumental horror, but we can’t forget that we’re also capable of monumental love. We can choose to lash out or we can choose to bond. This choice runs through the gamut of life, both online and off.
No one should ever have to live in fear because of their sexuality, gender, religion, point of view, lifestyle, anything. No one should ever have to be targeted because of it. As long as you’re not violating someone’s human rights or preaching hate, you should not have to feel ashamed. Be your fantastic self. Because you are fantastic!
You are worth it. Other people’s lives are worth it. Let’s remember and act on the love and the good.
Katara: “These pictures tell their story. They met on top of the mountain that divided their two villages. The villages were enemies, so they could not be together. But their love was strong and they found a way. The two lovers learned earthbending from the badgermoles, they became the first earthbenders. They built elaborate tunnels, so they could meet secretly. Anyone who tried to follow them would be lost forever in the labyrinth. But, one day, the man didn’t come. He died in the war between the two villages. Devastated, the woman unleashed a terrible display of her earthbending power, she could have destroyed them all. But, instead, she declared the war over. Both villages helped her build a new city where they would live together in peace. The woman’s name was Oma and the man’s name was Shu. The great city was named Omashu as a monument to their love.”
Except Republic City wasn’t named Kataraang (or Kataang)…