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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: 32,083
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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


May 5, 2015 Mary Whitcomb
May 5, 2015 Elaine Trogman In the long-run, MPAs help fisherman by providing more fish since it helps fish grow bigger & produce more eggs. Please help save the oceans. Elaine Trogman Van Nuy, CA 91405
May 5, 2015 Beverly Taylor
May 5, 2015 Ellen O'Connor
May 5, 2015 Tania Maurer
May 5, 2015 April Bowers Without all of our wild creatures, we will truly be sad & alone.
May 5, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 5, 2015 terry Brown
May 5, 2015 Lisa Novak Ferguson
May 5, 2015 Brit Bergum
May 5, 2015 Dorothy Gresham
May 5, 2015 Sherry Nichols
May 5, 2015 evie hager
May 5, 2015 Judith S Anderson
May 5, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 5, 2015 marilyn Hicks
May 5, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 5, 2015 shelly sitzer Let's get with it guys and protect all that is vital and beautiful in our oceans.
May 5, 2015 Roslyn Piegari
May 5, 2015 Anne Kuntz
May 5, 2015 Alicia Harkins
May 5, 2015 roberta thornton-howard
May 5, 2015 Loretta Dudziak
May 5, 2015 Lisa Kiddy
May 5, 2015 Claire Frii
May 5, 2015 Rita Walters
May 5, 2015 M Jacobs
May 5, 2015 Jeff Barnett
May 5, 2015 Linda Walters
May 5, 2015 elisabettta tamiazzo
May 5, 2015 Suzanne Green
May 5, 2015 Gary Van Deusen
May 4, 2015 Mary Garcia
May 4, 2015 Helen Grant
May 4, 2015 Kathy Robertson Our souls will be empty when everything else is dead.
May 4, 2015 Kathleen Wolfe
May 4, 2015 Pat DeAnda I want my great grand children to have the opportunity to see what beauty my God created!
May 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 4, 2015 Amanda Bowman
May 4, 2015 Cheryl Fergeson
May 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 4, 2015 Carol Schoenberger
May 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 4, 2015 Danielle Rycyk I love every creature from the creepy to cuddly but everything deserves to be protected
May 4, 2015 Thomas Farmer
May 4, 2015 destiny hensey
May 4, 2015 Glenda DeMoss
May 4, 2015 Renee Hardy
May 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 4, 2015 elliot fink

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