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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: 33,284
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

Nov 24, 2015 christina bergström
Nov 24, 2015 Michel Ernemann
Nov 23, 2015 Brittany sheldon
Nov 22, 2015 Stacy Bell
Nov 21, 2015 Lisa Shantz
Nov 19, 2015 Sue Green
Nov 19, 2015 Karen Sheldon
Nov 19, 2015 Allison Seward
Nov 19, 2015 Maja Lacković
Nov 19, 2015 Ronald Tanguy
Nov 19, 2015 Claudia Bell
Nov 19, 2015 Katarina Lang
Nov 18, 2015 Dora Allain
Nov 17, 2015 Jamie Lynn Guy-Ostrowski
Nov 17, 2015 Renee Pound Coral reefs are critical to the health of ocean ecosystems and a great source of joy and wonder to many who visit, not to mention the source of a great deal of the oceans food! Acidification will decimate these special places without mercy. Stop this now!
Nov 16, 2015 Kendra Baughn
Nov 15, 2015 Marie Hemphill
Nov 15, 2015 Elma Pjanic
Nov 14, 2015 Natasha Moore
Nov 10, 2015 (Name not displayed) What kind of world do we wish to leave to our children ?
Nov 10, 2015 christine burgess
Nov 10, 2015 vier eva
Nov 9, 2015 c. martinez
Nov 9, 2015 Patricia Morgan
Nov 9, 2015 Karen Van Tuyle
Nov 8, 2015 (Name not displayed) Stop killing our slugs in their oceans.
Nov 8, 2015 Elizabeth Shard
Nov 8, 2015 Lynda Robinson
Nov 7, 2015 kathy sutter
Nov 6, 2015 Rebecca Britton
Nov 6, 2015 Dimitris Dallis
Nov 6, 2015 Ryan Thomas
Nov 5, 2015 Nancy Silver
Nov 5, 2015 Ellen Farrell
Nov 4, 2015 Patrick Felix
Nov 4, 2015 Rebecca Fost
Nov 4, 2015 dawn hinman
Nov 4, 2015 Lea Faulks
Nov 4, 2015 Mary Andrews
Nov 4, 2015 Shannon Sloan
Nov 4, 2015 Rita O'Sullivan
Nov 4, 2015 Jim Malone
Nov 4, 2015 h sustaita
Nov 3, 2015 Robert Owczarek
Nov 1, 2015 Pauline Parker * The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future. - Marya Mannes
Oct 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 31, 2015 PAT CHURCHMAN
Oct 29, 2015 Kimberly Bouchard-Shapiro
Oct 29, 2015 S B
Oct 28, 2015 Camile Dionne-West

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