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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: 30,654
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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


Jul 25, 2014 Cindy Suttles
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Jul 24, 2014 Ellyn Sutton
Jul 24, 2014 jean moonier
Jul 24, 2014 Shana Mokuau
Jul 24, 2014 Lori Stoffle
Jul 24, 2014 jamie mclaren
Jul 24, 2014 Hadjigeorgiou Frangiskos
Jul 24, 2014 Jacqueline Okuhara
Jul 24, 2014 Cheryl Braxton
Jul 24, 2014 Fabiola Garcia
Jul 24, 2014 Patricia Miller
Jul 24, 2014 Lisa Joyce
Jul 24, 2014 susan helka Hope we dont run out of food while we are waiting for governments to take action
Jul 24, 2014 Nicole Daigle
Jul 24, 2014 elisabeth romano
Jul 24, 2014 J.T. Smith
Jul 24, 2014 LILLY POWERS
Jul 24, 2014 Vera Terzopoulou
Jul 24, 2014 Margaret Landrum
Jul 24, 2014 Larissa Moga
Jul 24, 2014 Laura Horning
Jul 24, 2014 Rita Luedi
Jul 23, 2014 Pamela Gibberman
Jul 23, 2014 Alex Allies
Jul 23, 2014 April Block
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Jul 23, 2014 Lois A.
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Jul 23, 2014 Jose Luis Sanchez
Jul 23, 2014 Pamela DeLitta
Jul 23, 2014 Janna Guyton
Jul 23, 2014 Nikki Rosd
Jul 23, 2014 Angela Malfi
Jul 23, 2014 P. LeVous
Jul 23, 2014 Karen Krieger
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Jul 23, 2014 Laura Williams
Jul 23, 2014 Stephan Frauenknecht
Jul 23, 2014 Ariane Lockwood
Jul 23, 2014 carmen Rico
Jul 23, 2014 celine zini
Jul 23, 2014 Andrea Orellana
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Jul 23, 2014 Helen Haggins
Jul 23, 2014 Federica Pascazio
Jul 23, 2014 Sibrina Russell
Jul 23, 2014 Janet Burrows Alternative energy. Stop the fracking start solar and wind.
Jul 23, 2014 Petter Marthinsen
Jul 23, 2014 Peter Supersano

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