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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: 32,902
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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

Aug 31, 2015 Whitney Bright
Aug 31, 2015 Melinda L. Tumino
Aug 30, 2015 Thierry Chartier
Aug 30, 2015 Aurélie Amari
Aug 30, 2015 Bernadette Crespin
Aug 30, 2015 frances lightfine
Aug 29, 2015 Amanda Ault
Aug 29, 2015 Rosemary Spann
Aug 29, 2015 Lola Schiefelbein
Aug 27, 2015 kerry fraser
Aug 27, 2015 Susan Tate
Aug 27, 2015 Patrick Adcock
Aug 27, 2015 lisa johnson
Aug 27, 2015 Jody Lewis/Zajac
Aug 27, 2015 Audrey Franklin
Aug 27, 2015 Susan Martin
Aug 27, 2015 Alma R. Lopez
Aug 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 26, 2015 Julie Stalpes Please we can't keep killing off all that makes this a beautiful, ever Changing earth!
Aug 26, 2015 (Name not displayed) If we lose the life in our oceans, we lose ourselves, in only a short matter of time. Maybe we should be lost. Perhaps all that is and all that ever shall be is better off without us.
Aug 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 26, 2015 Toni Bowman
Aug 26, 2015 Madison Ennis
Aug 26, 2015 ruth-ellen COLE
Aug 26, 2015 Bayleigh Giller
Aug 26, 2015 Nancy Horner
Aug 26, 2015 alisha mcnew Save the bunnies
Aug 26, 2015 Jaclyn Altomare
Aug 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 26, 2015 Mandy Haney
Aug 26, 2015 penny page
Aug 26, 2015 vivienne kelly
Aug 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 26, 2015 Lara Vimercati
Aug 26, 2015 Brenda Moss
Aug 26, 2015 MattLaura Taylor
Aug 26, 2015 Christine Flavell I wish to show m'y support in protecting our session and océans.
Aug 26, 2015 sharon hesford
Aug 26, 2015 Sam Bluesilver
Aug 26, 2015 Eleanore Doppenberg
Aug 26, 2015 Shelley Cole
Aug 26, 2015 Zoe Riley
Aug 26, 2015 ise Verelst
Aug 26, 2015 Marie-Rose Burrow
Aug 26, 2015 Kathi Ike
Aug 26, 2015 Jacquie Nichols
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Aug 26, 2015 Geralda doorten
Aug 26, 2015 Josephine Lewington

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