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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: 33,216
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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

Oct 9, 2015 Glen Anderson Act responsibly!!! Protect our climate and our oceans!!!
Oct 9, 2015 Karen Black
Oct 8, 2015 Karen Stout
Oct 8, 2015 Chris Batty
Oct 7, 2015 Chiemilynn Haman
Oct 7, 2015 Tania Malven
Oct 7, 2015 rosemary anderson
Oct 4, 2015 Sylvia Wessels
Oct 2, 2015 Jennifer Boron
Oct 2, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Sep 30, 2015 Jessica Jean Posner
Sep 29, 2015 Shawmarie Jeffery
Sep 28, 2015 Jeannine Mendrola
Sep 28, 2015 melody O'Connor
Sep 25, 2015 Kimberly Guysick
Sep 25, 2015 beverley lengden
Sep 24, 2015 Rachel Swanson
Sep 24, 2015 Marion Ther
Sep 21, 2015 Karrie Hough
Sep 20, 2015 Lisa Hamilton
Sep 20, 2015 Gary Babb
Sep 20, 2015 Anna Matiasczyk
Sep 20, 2015 Vivek Singh
Sep 19, 2015 Kevin Ward The present anomalies demonstrated by marine life equal the emergency of genocides perpetrated on land and they are connected.
Sep 19, 2015 Nina Cassidy
Sep 19, 2015 Jill Cordell We all need to take responsibility. ALL OF US!
Sep 19, 2015 Jamie Shultz
Sep 18, 2015 Lynn Barnes
Sep 18, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Sep 18, 2015 Mary Delgado
Sep 17, 2015 Liga Byron
Sep 17, 2015 Jennifer Locke
Sep 17, 2015 amanda ellixson
Sep 17, 2015 Jamie Luttermoser
Sep 17, 2015 Tamara Tungate
Sep 17, 2015 Jennifer Laflamme
Sep 17, 2015 Jasmine sergent
Sep 17, 2015 Theresa Smit
Sep 17, 2015 Tiffanie Alexander
Sep 17, 2015 Sarah Agate
Sep 17, 2015 brad m;ckinnon
Sep 17, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Sep 17, 2015 Lisbeth Gary
Sep 16, 2015 Darci Garipoli Please protect Marine life!!
Sep 16, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Sep 16, 2015 cynthia Valentin
Sep 16, 2015 (Name not displayed) Save them!
Sep 16, 2015 Hannah Mutchler Nature should be protected from the harm humans possess
Sep 16, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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