Why this ad?
Skip navigation

no spam, unsubscribe anytime.
Skip navigation
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: 32,183
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.

Sign Here






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


May 23, 2015 heidrun mohr
May 23, 2015 Hyta Mederer
May 22, 2015 Kim Froehlich
May 22, 2015 Debbie Foster
May 22, 2015 Sara Anne Maguire
May 22, 2015 Anna Rollon
May 21, 2015 hazel johnson
May 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2015 Marilyn Mason
May 20, 2015 Anne-lise DIEBOLT
May 20, 2015 Lnda Hancock
May 19, 2015 Chris Brewer
May 17, 2015 kathryn jaramillo
May 17, 2015 michelle turner
May 17, 2015 Emma Bloebaum
May 17, 2015 mimi cubberly
May 17, 2015 Terry Keck
May 16, 2015 emilio leone
May 16, 2015 Peter Burton Lift your game. Reduce the emissions now.
May 15, 2015 James Murphy
May 15, 2015 Giselle White
May 15, 2015 eve roberts PLEASE exercise your legal authority to PROTECT THE OCEANS and all that depend on them. PLEASE!
May 15, 2015 Annemieke Morks
May 15, 2015 Margaret Melnick
May 15, 2015 Sharon Macdonald
May 15, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2015 RITA CRISTINA FRANCISCO
May 14, 2015 Kate Jackiewicz
May 14, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 14, 2015 Marlena Azevedo FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE STOP IMMEDIATELY THE DESTRUCTION OF PLANET EARTH FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS TO ALSO ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF NATURE AND REPENT FOR CAUSING DO MUCH DAMAGE FOR THE SAKE OF GREED!!!
May 14, 2015 Emily Rosewall
May 14, 2015 Amy Taylor
May 13, 2015 patricia joanides
May 13, 2015 Stefano Cavallo
May 13, 2015 sarah wood
May 13, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 13, 2015 Mary Ann Soltis MPAs are a piece of the solution puzzle. Please make them a priority.
May 13, 2015 Julia Villafuerte
May 13, 2015 Kathy Bearden
May 13, 2015 michele tritscher
May 12, 2015 Megan Burkholder
May 12, 2015 Carol Lowe
May 12, 2015 Bonny Gatchel
May 12, 2015 Tammy Braham
May 12, 2015 Yolanda Gallardo
May 12, 2015 KL Eckhardt If MPA zones could help raise public awareness around the issue of acidification, & how pollution threatens the food/life chain of every being on Earth, I'm 100% for MPAs!
May 12, 2015 Christine Melnick
May 12, 2015 Barb Melzer
May 12, 2015 Linda Petty
May 12, 2015 Carla Dongo

back to top

Why this ad? Why this ad?
Share this page and help fund more books: