"We've got to preserve this beautiful planet of ours for our kids and grandkids," President Obama writes in his first Facebook post

By Tierney McAfee
Updated November 09, 2015 07:00 PM
Credit: Susan Walsh/AP

He’s the most-followed world leader on Twitter – and now he finally has his own Facebook account.

President Obama joined Facebook on Monday and dove in head-first with a lengthy post about climate change.

“We’ve got to preserve this beautiful planet of ours for our kids and grandkids,” he wrote. “And that means taking serious steps to address climate change once and for all. Now, we’ve made a lot of progress to cut carbon pollution here at home, and we’re leading the world to take action as well. But we’ve got to do more. 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.”

The post was accompanied by a video of Obama taking a stroll around his back yard – which also happens to be a national park – something he said he does at the end of every day.

“A lot of what I do is just think about how I want to 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 [daughters] Malia, Sasha, their kids, their grandkids, for generations to come,” he said in the clip, before urging all Americans to help save the planet.

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Obama added that he plans to use his Facebook page as a place to talk about important issues, but promised to also throw in some “just-for-fun stuff.”

The president was welcomed to Facebook by thousands of fellow users, including Katie Couric, several U.S. senators and the social media site’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, who commented on his post:

“Welcome to Facebook, President Obama! Excited for you to have your very own Page – and looking forward to the conversation (and the just-for-fun stuff).”