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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: 31,747
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.

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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


Mar 4, 2015 Irene Gribble This is an important issue and should be treated as such!
Mar 1, 2015 Suzanne Twohig
Mar 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 28, 2015 michelle krueger
Feb 28, 2015 nadine hanssens
Feb 27, 2015 Daniela Wever
Feb 27, 2015 steven rothstein
Feb 27, 2015 bernadette porter
Feb 27, 2015 silvia lucisano
Feb 26, 2015 LeeAnn Young
Feb 26, 2015 shara kent
Feb 25, 2015 Chanel Jassi
Feb 25, 2015 Elise Buffie
Feb 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 24, 2015 Rebecca Moon-Williams
Feb 23, 2015 Martina Dietl
Feb 23, 2015 ananias angeles
Feb 23, 2015 Jan Sloat
Feb 23, 2015 Justina Lane
Feb 23, 2015 Dale Benest
Feb 22, 2015 Nicholin Wagner Quackenbush We need to do everything we can to stop the acidification of our oceans as we all depend on the oceans, as well as the forests for our very survival. Do all you can now with MPAs to reverse this fatal process.
Feb 22, 2015 Virginie Castonguay
Feb 22, 2015 Jeff McKinley
Feb 22, 2015 Jonathan Bruck
Feb 22, 2015 Deborah Lombardi
Feb 22, 2015 Erica Crytzer Scientists estimate we're now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the background rate, with literally dozens of species going extinct every day. What more needs be said- we're in a state of planetary collapse.
Feb 21, 2015 carole sherman
Feb 21, 2015 marisa acuna
Feb 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2015 Phyllis (Me)
Feb 21, 2015 Chiqui De Guzman
Feb 21, 2015 kim wilbur
Feb 21, 2015 LaDonna Earl-Jones
Feb 21, 2015 Rosa María Capuchino Arciniega STOP THE OCEAN ACIDIFICATION: THE "HIDDEN SIDE" OF CLIMATE CHANGE AS OCEANS ABSORB CARBON DIOXIDE THE GAS ALTERS THE WATER'S BASIC CHEMESTRY, INCREASING ACIDITY AND THREATING MARINE LIFE.
Feb 21, 2015 Patricia Humphreys
Feb 21, 2015 Christina Michael
Feb 21, 2015 Kathleen Peterson
Feb 21, 2015 Patricia Poole
Feb 21, 2015 Georgan Gregg
Feb 21, 2015 Keith Graves
Feb 21, 2015 Paulette Graves
Feb 21, 2015 Anne Griffin
Feb 21, 2015 Susan Palmer
Feb 21, 2015 Diane Diernbach
Feb 21, 2015 Keiko Barrett
Feb 21, 2015 Sandra Jolly One small action that can make such a BIG difference to all life on this planet
Feb 21, 2015 Debbie Verdugo
Feb 21, 2015 Karen OttawaValley Dog Whisperer Rosenfeld
Feb 21, 2015 Crystal Kimmel

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