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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: 30,604
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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 23, 2014 Danielle Cartisser
Jul 22, 2014 Britany Bekina
Jul 22, 2014 Bennie Shallbetter
Jul 22, 2014 Tomasz Mroziński
Jul 22, 2014 Carla Tavelli
Jul 22, 2014 Cristina Barbosa
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Jul 22, 2014 C. Lynne Fundingsland
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Jul 22, 2014 Sandy Conway
Jul 22, 2014 Paige Rich
Jul 22, 2014 Shannon Rafuse
Jul 22, 2014 Barbara Wright
Jul 22, 2014 Richard Han
Jul 22, 2014 gerard stockwell
Jul 22, 2014 livia langiano
Jul 22, 2014 Elona Ertner
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Jul 22, 2014 Angie Hris
Jul 21, 2014 Lariza Gutierrez
Jul 21, 2014 maria jose INGENITO
Jul 21, 2014 sharon v
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Jul 21, 2014 inge vercammen
Jul 21, 2014 laura maschio
Jul 21, 2014 Christina Castaneda
Jul 21, 2014 Lisa Donati
Jul 21, 2014 Jenny Sjökvist
Jul 21, 2014 christine waddell
Jul 21, 2014 CONNIE HERSHMAN
Jul 21, 2014 Narien Guul
Jul 21, 2014 Zoia Zhibrik
Jul 21, 2014 Andras C
Jul 21, 2014 Jennifer Blahnik
Jul 21, 2014 Donna Hatton
Jul 21, 2014 peggy porcelli
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Jul 21, 2014 Yuliya Batrak
Jul 21, 2014 Hellen Prodocimo
Jul 21, 2014 Melissa Kooren
Jul 21, 2014 Lynne White
Jul 21, 2014 Ewa Podlubna
Jul 21, 2014 Terry McGregor
Jul 21, 2014 Agnes Juhasz
Jul 21, 2014 Siw Tikkanen Aldén
Jul 21, 2014 Helen Kimball-Brooke

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