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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


Jul 27, 2016 Conor Gowling
Jul 27, 2016 Helen Wordsworth
Jul 27, 2016 Sally Friedman
Jul 27, 2016 Rosie Albanese
Jul 27, 2016 diana bryant
Jul 26, 2016 Cynthia Ferrara
Jul 26, 2016 Katherine Mouzourakis
Jul 26, 2016 Kinga Czaniecka
Jul 26, 2016 Megan Tunstall
Jul 25, 2016 Terry Barnhart Protect our oceans and our lifelines!
Jul 24, 2016 Ruby Cruise When a man moves away from nature his heart becomes hard. - Lakota
Jul 24, 2016 Don Merrell
Jul 24, 2016 Jieun Bak
Jul 23, 2016 Louise Benfatto
Jul 23, 2016 claudette cutajar
Jul 21, 2016 Ida Lopez
Jul 21, 2016 Victoria Huddleston
Jul 20, 2016 Michael Petherick
Jul 20, 2016 kim Verbeke
Jul 20, 2016 Lauren Piacentini
Jul 19, 2016 Adriana Aquino
Jul 19, 2016 mary e hunt
Jul 18, 2016 Taffy Williams
Jul 18, 2016 karen williams
Jul 18, 2016 Charlotte Gray
Jul 18, 2016 Jackie Canaday
Jul 15, 2016 Mary Powell
Jul 15, 2016 Yvette Joubert
Jul 14, 2016 André Henrique Bacci
Jul 12, 2016 Shooting Star The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Jul 12, 2016 Karen and Joe Lansdale
Jul 10, 2016 Richard Bosboom
Jul 10, 2016 Gerald Wilkins
Jul 9, 2016 Sandra Cornell
Jul 9, 2016 susan lim
Jul 9, 2016 Frances Borges
Jul 9, 2016 John Horvath
Jul 9, 2016 Richard Svensson
Jul 9, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2016 Mary Browning
Jul 9, 2016 Vickey Baker
Jul 9, 2016 Dale Peterson
Jul 9, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2016 Warwick Neal
Jul 9, 2016 (Name not displayed) Another environmentally disastrous concession to corporate polluters! Disgusting! And I watch some of these government regulators retire and go to work for....you guessed it - the same corporate polluters they should have been regulating throughout their
Jul 9, 2016 Jane Wadsworth-Reyes
Jul 9, 2016 angela Guilliams
Jul 9, 2016 Judith Gray
Jul 9, 2016 Jamie Pauline
Jul 9, 2016 joyce kolasa

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