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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: 32,689
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


Jul 30, 2015 Mary Nyary We need to start correcting this immediately!
Jul 29, 2015 Donna Whanger
Jul 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 29, 2015 tara cayir
Jul 29, 2015 Stephanie Pierce Please create more protected spaces. Conservation is essential to human life and the well being of our marine wildlife. Thank you!
Jul 29, 2015 Alex Pappas
Jul 29, 2015 eva brodovsky
Jul 29, 2015 Melissa Mendell
Jul 29, 2015 Dagmar Goebelbecker
Jul 29, 2015 Eugenia Kriger
Jul 29, 2015 Laura Scherry
Jul 29, 2015 Maria Rojas
Jul 29, 2015 Lindsey Dakin
Jul 29, 2015 Lindsey Blanton
Jul 29, 2015 Megan Green
Jul 29, 2015 Christopher Rowley
Jul 28, 2015 Regina Powell
Jul 28, 2015 Isabel Domingues
Jul 28, 2015 Reshma Mohan
Jul 27, 2015 Monneron Sophie
Jul 27, 2015 malinda pelkey
Jul 26, 2015 Debra Files
Jul 26, 2015 Anita Holladay I work with a marine conservation group. It would mean a lot to have your support for more MPAs.
Jul 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2015 Ellen Brotherson
Jul 25, 2015 Jay Frye
Jul 24, 2015 Suzanne Pals
Jul 24, 2015 (Name not displayed) We must save the oceans and ocean life to also save ourselves
Jul 24, 2015 Val Searson
Jul 24, 2015 Sabine G.
Jul 24, 2015 Geneva Bentley
Jul 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 24, 2015 sonia kosnov
Jul 24, 2015 miceu tavares
Jul 23, 2015 Jecholiah Kresser
Jul 23, 2015 Mary Hunt
Jul 23, 2015 Stacie Wogalter
Jul 23, 2015 Julie Flickinger
Jul 23, 2015 Jan Hayes I have been scuba diving for 15 years and we go to some of the same islands now that we went to 15 years ago. The changes in the reefs are dramatic. Corals are dying - there is no doubt about that.
Jul 23, 2015 Amanda Wright
Jul 22, 2015 Lorraine Dickie-clark
Jul 22, 2015 Victoria Mejia
Jul 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2015 Laura Mowrey
Jul 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2015 paulette foley
Jul 22, 2015 Danielle Cupay all living creatures deserves to live. especially these cute sea bunnies:) lets all help them be protected. :)
Jul 22, 2015 (Name not displayed) Please save them!
Jul 22, 2015 Barbara Cunningham

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