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On 6/20/2014, the Rainforest Site mailed off 22,669 signatures to Director Ashe. The acidification of the ocean continues to be a pressing issue threatening our oceans. Sign today and show your support for protecting our vulnerable seas.
Goal: 40,000 Progress: 31,828
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Over the past 250 years, humans have pumped increasing amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. While science and industry scramble to understand the full impact, oceans continue to absorb as much as a quarter — approximately 530 billion tons — of this excess gas.

Extra CO2 increases acidity, reducing the amount of calcium carbonate in the water. Shell fish and coral reef, which rely on this mineral to build their shells and skeletons, are especially vulnerable to this process. Many larger fish rely on tiny marine snails and coral for food and shelter, so the effects of ocean acidification reverberate up the food chain, further depleting already struggling fish stocks.

As part of a multi-faceted solution, petition the Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service to designate additional Marine Protected Areas — "national parks for the sea" — providing marine life with a refuge and a fighting chance against this emerging threat.

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Dear Director Ashe:

While governments and international organizations debate the political intricacies of carbon emissions, Earth's oceans continue to absorb massive quantities of carbon dioxide, resulting in increasingly acidic waters. This process, known as ocean acidification, threatens marine ecosystems throughout the world.

As a global problem, ocean acidification demands a global solution. Your organization, however, enjoys a unique position to grant immediate respite to marine life through the designation of additional Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). A number of statutes—including the Endangered Species Act (1973), the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (1934) and the Wilderness Act (1964)—endow the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with the authority and flexibility to create new federal MPAs. In these protected zones, marine ecosystems have proven more resilient against global threats, such as warming seas and ocean acidification.

MPAs are not a panacea for ocean acidification, but as part of a coordinated response including local organizations and the international community, they do offer a short-term plan to reverse current trends. In the past, MPAs have also demonstrated unanticipated practical benefits, such as fish spillover and larval drift, helping to replenish fish stocks well beyond the area's designated boundaries. Additionally, these zones could help raise public awareness around the issue of acidification—the "hidden side" of the world's carbon crisis.

Given the imminence of ocean acidification, we cannot afford to wait for international consensus on carbon emissions. Additional MPAs offer an immediate and practical first step, and I hope your agency will exercise its legal authority to protect Earth's oceans and all who depend on them.

Petition Signatures


Mar 28, 2015 nita patrick
Mar 28, 2015 Irina Gorlovitski
Mar 28, 2015 jeniffer graham
Mar 28, 2015 Glinda King
Mar 27, 2015 Kim Walsh Help Ocean Acidification: The "Hidden Side" Of Climate Change Threatening Our Marine Life
Mar 27, 2015 Krystal Mansour
Mar 27, 2015 Bonna Wieler
Mar 27, 2015 Victoria Chrys
Mar 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 26, 2015 ayako makishita
Mar 25, 2015 Ruth Singer
Mar 25, 2015 michelle roach Please do the right thing. God is watching and so am I.
Mar 23, 2015 debbie meadows
Mar 23, 2015 Priscilla Cobb
Mar 23, 2015 Gautam Mukhopadhyay
Mar 23, 2015 Rebecca Powers
Mar 23, 2015 Judy Brissette
Mar 22, 2015 Mary Fazekas
Mar 22, 2015 Robert Becker
Mar 21, 2015 Deborha Schmitt
Mar 21, 2015 Amanda Sudell Protect our waters, marine life and our world
Mar 20, 2015 Chris usami
Mar 20, 2015 Rita Pirouet
Mar 20, 2015 Annemarie Krogholm
Mar 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 19, 2015 Suzanne Danielson
Mar 19, 2015 Indraneil Seal
Mar 19, 2015 Inge Robbroeckx
Mar 18, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 18, 2015 Linda Mengon
Mar 18, 2015 Tori B.
Mar 18, 2015 Linda Lowry
Mar 17, 2015 Clem Treanor
Mar 17, 2015 Cindy Wang
Mar 15, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 15, 2015 Debbie McMahon
Mar 15, 2015 carcanague nadège
Mar 15, 2015 margaret frest
Mar 15, 2015 PANIER Stéphanie
Mar 14, 2015 Helen Oakley
Mar 14, 2015 Erika Celorio
Mar 14, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 14, 2015 Brandy Murrell
Mar 14, 2015 Lisa Delabre
Mar 14, 2015 Jaimie Buelens
Mar 14, 2015 Lisette de Waard
Mar 14, 2015 caps georgia
Mar 14, 2015 Jo-ann Tellado
Mar 14, 2015 Dominique Nemo

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