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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: 31,125
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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


Oct 24, 2014 Bruce C Dubey
Oct 23, 2014 Tanya Lyders
Oct 23, 2014 Lauren Haworth
Oct 23, 2014 Alena Pimyakova
Oct 22, 2014 sherri pickett
Oct 22, 2014 connie stowell
Oct 22, 2014 christy bryan
Oct 22, 2014 Lenka Mašková
Oct 22, 2014 Esperanza Trevino
Oct 22, 2014 John and Martha Stoltenberg
Oct 22, 2014 Brian Mahon
Oct 22, 2014 Pat Ridenhour
Oct 21, 2014 Julia Petersen
Oct 20, 2014 Gavin Lee
Oct 18, 2014 Gloria Soto
Oct 16, 2014 tammy michalas The marine ecosystems need protecting!!! We need more "national parks for the sea". We cannot afford to loose the diversity and productivity of our oceans. Our survival depends on it and we all know it!
Oct 16, 2014 Nina Røstad
Oct 16, 2014 Kristin Wise
Oct 16, 2014 Christine Müller
Oct 16, 2014 charmian sampson
Oct 15, 2014 Kathleen OConnor Acid rain used to worry land-dwellers, but acid in our oceans is an even greater threat. Please support the designation of MPAs and statutes that can help protect our oceans' health and the wildlife that depend on it. Thank you!
Oct 15, 2014 Clarette Wenta
Oct 15, 2014 anna halkiadis
Oct 14, 2014 Mariana Aguirre
Oct 14, 2014 Marisol Pacheco
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Oct 14, 2014 Ralph Hobbs
Oct 13, 2014 Mary Bancroft
Oct 13, 2014 Alex CabreraMD
Oct 13, 2014 janice hanninen
Oct 13, 2014 Ellen Buchanan
Oct 12, 2014 Jennifer Vanderwyst
Oct 12, 2014 Natalie Gagnon
Oct 11, 2014 Rissa Wolff
Oct 11, 2014 Crissy Miller
Oct 11, 2014 evelyne serrano
Oct 11, 2014 Nathalie Nathalie
Oct 10, 2014 Carol Page
Oct 10, 2014 bos claudine
Oct 10, 2014 Carol Parker
Oct 10, 2014 mauffrey magali
Oct 10, 2014 antona manuela
Oct 9, 2014 Patricia Parramore
Oct 9, 2014 Kevin Dahl
Oct 8, 2014 Heidi Handsaker
Oct 8, 2014 ALLISON LANSBERRY
Oct 8, 2014 Catherine Lau
Oct 8, 2014 Claudia Perkins
Oct 8, 2014 Claudia May
Oct 7, 2014 Alee Boudreau

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