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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: 31,206
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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

Nov 22, 2014 annette florence
Nov 22, 2014 ali mosa
Nov 21, 2014 Carol Faucett
Nov 21, 2014 Theresa Zöller
Nov 21, 2014 Anthony Maddaluno
Nov 21, 2014 Marisela Vega
Nov 21, 2014 Elsie Martinez
Nov 21, 2014 Veronika Aksak
Nov 21, 2014 Lindsay Mugglestone
Nov 21, 2014 Bo Eriksson
Nov 21, 2014 Karen Scrivner
Nov 19, 2014 Jennifer Zajicek
Nov 17, 2014 Darlene Byrd
Nov 16, 2014 kevin lawson
Nov 16, 2014 Lois Schreur
Nov 16, 2014 Marco Aurélio T. Fernandes
Nov 14, 2014 S Seiler
Nov 14, 2014 Linda Ilgen
Nov 14, 2014 brenda rister
Nov 13, 2014 Holly Kasten
Nov 13, 2014 Autumn Amsallen
Nov 13, 2014 Ryan Evans
Nov 13, 2014 ell hekner
Nov 12, 2014 Alita DeMarco This is it in a NUTSHELL !!
Nov 12, 2014 Shari Neal I am all for conservation and protection of our precious environment for all creatures who inhabit this earth.
Nov 12, 2014 (Name not displayed) We need to wake up to our own behaviour, we cannot keep the status quo. Time to act and stand by or for. I Support protecting the earths seas.
Nov 12, 2014 Rani Lyons
Nov 12, 2014 David Romportl
Nov 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 12, 2014 Sandra Broadhead
Nov 12, 2014 Marnee Reilly
Nov 11, 2014 Moira Monahan
Nov 11, 2014 marcia walker
Nov 11, 2014 Susan Joyce
Nov 10, 2014 Rebekah Wallace
Nov 10, 2014 Paul Ayers
Nov 10, 2014 Cathy Wriedt
Nov 9, 2014 ashley Cunningham
Nov 9, 2014 Marla de Vries
Nov 9, 2014 mary wheeler
Nov 9, 2014 Selena Withers
Nov 8, 2014 mieke wilms
Nov 8, 2014 Paula Alcoseba
Nov 8, 2014 Anne Marie Brostrup-Jensen
Nov 7, 2014 Rose Martin
Nov 7, 2014 Cheryl Hanks-Hicks
Nov 7, 2014 Olga Cotto
Nov 7, 2014 Suzie Stoltz
Nov 7, 2014 Yvonne Chrsitison
Nov 6, 2014 marie gale

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