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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: 33,699
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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 10, 2016 (Name not displayed) Acid please kill all the coral and phytoplankton. This kills the food for other fish as well as the lungs our earth. When they die, we will have no fish and no oxygen from the oceans. Thus extinction of most of everything on this planet.
Feb 10, 2016 Mary Meckley Please protect the creatures in our oceans! We have lost too many species already, and they are all dependent on each other for survival. Please make many more Marine Protected Areas!
Feb 9, 2016 Lynne Pendergast
Feb 9, 2016 Tony Lilich
Feb 9, 2016 Marc Gregory
Feb 9, 2016 Shani Terblanche
Feb 9, 2016 Bethanie C. Deerchild
Feb 9, 2016 Lynn Laupheimer Hurray for Marine Protected Areas! Let's make more of them so we can protect more of our amazing marine animals.
Feb 9, 2016 dolores jones
Feb 9, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 9, 2016 Dr. Ronald Rutzky
Feb 9, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 9, 2016 Caroline Champagne
Feb 9, 2016 Viola Camunas It's a shame that vested interests are ruining our planet. Wildlife is essential if we are to save our given heritage. Wake up & smell the roses! We must act now to preserve while there is still time,
Feb 9, 2016 K Harde
Feb 9, 2016 cindy norris PROTECT THEM!
Feb 9, 2016 Karen West
Feb 9, 2016 Kay Bethea
Feb 9, 2016 Mary Prelovsky
Feb 9, 2016 Karst Dutto
Feb 9, 2016 Corinne Foucault
Feb 9, 2016 ANN EDELMAN
Feb 9, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 9, 2016 Jeanette Schneider
Feb 9, 2016 joyce b
Feb 9, 2016 Donna Miciunas
Feb 9, 2016 julie smith Please protect marine wildlife!
Feb 9, 2016 Diane Hoffman
Feb 9, 2016 (Name not displayed) We need to do a better job at saving the planet. Once Earth is destroyed we have no other place to go.
Feb 9, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 9, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 9, 2016 darnell stewart
Feb 9, 2016 Joan Chapuseaux
Feb 9, 2016 Jackie Lang
Feb 9, 2016 April Staebler
Feb 9, 2016 John La Stella
Feb 9, 2016 Joyce Dietrich
Feb 9, 2016 Christina Nelms
Feb 9, 2016 Elissa Wilson
Feb 9, 2016 Mary Johnson Lets share what was freely given to us.
Feb 9, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 9, 2016 Tracy OBrien
Feb 9, 2016 Marie Dutto
Feb 9, 2016 Brigda Loona
Feb 9, 2016 robert dowling
Feb 9, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 9, 2016 George & Bernadette Smith
Feb 9, 2016 Nancy Miller
Feb 9, 2016 Elizabeth Potter
Feb 9, 2016 elaine hill

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