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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: 32,373
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 2, 2015 Sandra Downie
Jul 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 1, 2015 Lynda Ryback
Jul 1, 2015 heide jenkins
Jul 1, 2015 Jan Gloyd
Jul 1, 2015 Kelli Lysz
Jun 29, 2015 Sarah Dyson
Jun 29, 2015 Roberto Cipolla
Jun 29, 2015 Krshna Soneji
Jun 29, 2015 marie jones
Jun 29, 2015 Jasmina Cuk
Jun 28, 2015 Alicja Bożek
Jun 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 27, 2015 K.W.E. Kleist
Jun 27, 2015 M.M. Jacobs
Jun 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 25, 2015 Nancy Meier
Jun 25, 2015 Kate Gibbons Director Ashe, you know action has to be taken to protect the oceans/marine life. If we don't take care of where we live and the whole environment, then nothing else matters - you do know that. Please use your position to stand up and do the right thing.
Jun 25, 2015 Kerttu Ihalainen
Jun 24, 2015 Jessica Maring
Jun 24, 2015 Laura Sternik
Jun 24, 2015 cathy schmiers
Jun 24, 2015 Ilse Ronnberg
Jun 23, 2015 Oleg Nazarov
Jun 23, 2015 Shirley Harris
Jun 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 23, 2015 Hilary Moloney
Jun 23, 2015 Natan Kirat
Jun 23, 2015 Yvonne Gefrich
Jun 23, 2015 Henriette Just Nielsen
Jun 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 23, 2015 Kaitlin Kennedy
Jun 23, 2015 Deborah Lima The oceans are slowly dying,we must stop polluting, on every level.
Jun 22, 2015 Loren Griffith
Jun 22, 2015 michelle vivianne smith-cavallo
Jun 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2015 sandy maiorana
Jun 22, 2015 Coleen Kelly
Jun 22, 2015 Caroline Buboltz
Jun 22, 2015 martin walls
Jun 22, 2015 Daniel Weinberger
Jun 22, 2015 Kathleen Rummel
Jun 22, 2015 Sister James Marie Gross
Jun 21, 2015 Lois Kinder I saw for myself the baby seals starving in the ocean waters, and their adults, from lack of fish to eat. Man is fishing and little is left for the animals. The ecosystems greatly affected.
Jun 21, 2015 Priscila Moreno
Jun 21, 2015 Cynthia Kratt
Jun 21, 2015 Linda Boyd
Jun 20, 2015 mary amundson
Jun 20, 2015 Mihaela Sava
Jun 20, 2015 pamela guyon

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