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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: 31,994
Sponsored by: The Rainforest Site

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


Apr 27, 2015 Jaci Wrana
Apr 26, 2015 BOB MOTTO
Apr 26, 2015 sandee bixby
Apr 26, 2015 Debra McElroy
Apr 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 26, 2015 Cindy Utities-Heart
Apr 26, 2015 Milla Kherson
Apr 26, 2015 Dawn Hammett
Apr 25, 2015 Maria Simao
Apr 25, 2015 Marie Tushar Too much destruction of our wildlife and marine life. Let's do more to protect them, and us!
Apr 25, 2015 Rashmi Varma
Apr 25, 2015 (Name not displayed) Animals are not the only ones who depend on oceans for at least part of their existence. We need to protect them as well as ourselves by taking steps to greatly reduce/eliminate ocean acidification.
Apr 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 25, 2015 Joan Doucette
Apr 25, 2015 Joanne McClelland
Apr 25, 2015 LAURA CHINOFSKY
Apr 25, 2015 Ina Porzig
Apr 25, 2015 heather taheny
Apr 25, 2015 Dawn Bowers
Apr 25, 2015 carole gaburro
Apr 25, 2015 Marivic Yuson
Apr 25, 2015 Julia Villafuerte
Apr 25, 2015 Joleen Martinez
Apr 24, 2015 Linda Leckliter
Apr 24, 2015 Martha Anderson
Apr 24, 2015 Candy O'Kelley We must do what's necessary now, or we will all pay the price later.
Apr 24, 2015 Lorraine Lima
Apr 24, 2015 Anthony Pfohl
Apr 24, 2015 Kylie Reinhardt
Apr 24, 2015 Karen Wilson
Apr 24, 2015 Cathy Zuniga
Apr 24, 2015 Terrie Matson
Apr 24, 2015 Jo. Unrau What do you think will happen to the rest of the planet when the oceans are destroyed? We need to stop this before we kill everything, including ourselves. How can anyone be too mentally deficient to see that!!!
Apr 23, 2015 Jennifer Rowland
Apr 23, 2015 Lisa Haut
Apr 23, 2015 Brit Bergum
Apr 23, 2015 Philip Douglas
Apr 23, 2015 Isabel carapeto
Apr 23, 2015 Alina Kucharczyk
Apr 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 23, 2015 Susan Chamberlain
Apr 23, 2015 Jonathan Peebles
Apr 23, 2015 Alicia Guevara
Apr 23, 2015 Deborah Hall
Apr 23, 2015 Paula Shannon
Apr 23, 2015 Joanna Gorniak
Apr 22, 2015 M Steiman
Apr 22, 2015 Cynthia Cabell
Apr 22, 2015 Juanita Fernandez
Apr 22, 2015 Jill Crouch

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