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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: 33,461
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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

Feb 7, 2016 karen presson
Feb 6, 2016 Pamela Unger
Feb 5, 2016 liliane moraes
Feb 5, 2016 Margaret Fitch
Feb 5, 2016 Natan Rai
Feb 5, 2016 Cory Rickerson
Feb 5, 2016 Kathryn Gallagher
Feb 3, 2016 Michelle Sullivan c
Feb 3, 2016 Jaimee Duke
Feb 2, 2016 Paola Merlo
Feb 2, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 2, 2016 Orlando Baquero
Feb 2, 2016 Janice Servos Save our Oceans!
Feb 2, 2016 Renee O'Horo
Feb 2, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 1, 2016 Katherine Pfrimmer
Feb 1, 2016 Hailey Francis
Feb 1, 2016 (Name not displayed) Please keep them safe.
Feb 1, 2016 Marsha Orzech
Feb 1, 2016 Linda Barlow Om signing this because it's so important to keep our seas and oceans safe for marine life, our lives and the future of the planet
Feb 1, 2016 Doris Frazier
Feb 1, 2016 Frank Errico Wake up before its to late..
Feb 1, 2016 Tahyun (karen) Weed
Feb 1, 2016 Barbara Fulp
Feb 1, 2016 William Dykstra
Feb 1, 2016 Jetro Lappalainen
Jan 31, 2016 Erin Johnson
Jan 31, 2016 Carol Henderson
Jan 31, 2016 giuliana donadio
Jan 30, 2016 Leslie Slater
Jan 30, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jan 30, 2016 Kelle Dagucon
Jan 28, 2016 Linda L.-Schaeffer
Jan 28, 2016 lonna richmond protect our oceans
Jan 27, 2016 Dale Sloat
Jan 27, 2016 Freya Yungk
Jan 25, 2016 tamara eis
Jan 25, 2016 Eva Schmelzer
Jan 24, 2016 Barbara Dell
Jan 24, 2016 m s
Jan 22, 2016 Denis Coutet
Jan 22, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2016 Nancy Conway
Jan 19, 2016 Kate Bradly
Jan 19, 2016 Sally Clayton
Jan 19, 2016 Johanna bialostosky
Jan 18, 2016 Nowell Overby
Jan 17, 2016 Carolyn Bridges
Jan 17, 2016 Linda Honadel
Jan 17, 2016 Joan Long

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