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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: 31,058
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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


Oct 1, 2014 Sarah Fisher
Sep 30, 2014 Carla Caston
Sep 30, 2014 Debbie Horn
Sep 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 29, 2014 Debbie Aide
Sep 29, 2014 Angela Pope
Sep 29, 2014 Ruth Olafsdottir
Sep 29, 2014 Antonya Hernandez
Sep 28, 2014 Sharon Wardle
Sep 28, 2014 Catherine Chambers
Sep 28, 2014 Lisa Weston Bialy
Sep 28, 2014 Eva Terry
Sep 27, 2014 dawn turner
Sep 27, 2014 Joshua Blackfoot
Sep 27, 2014 joyce alexander
Sep 26, 2014 carlotta biavati
Sep 25, 2014 rc dutra
Sep 25, 2014 Jane Penn
Sep 25, 2014 Rochelle Lytton
Sep 25, 2014 Betty Kowall
Sep 25, 2014 marga terstal
Sep 25, 2014 Carol Bogerd
Sep 24, 2014 Jesus Cruz
Sep 24, 2014 Ann Erbacher Grey
Sep 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 24, 2014 Laura Sanchez
Sep 24, 2014 Joe Ward
Sep 24, 2014 Patricia Macdonald
Sep 24, 2014 Alyssa Smith Thank you for reading my letter.
Sep 24, 2014 Athena Bautista
Sep 24, 2014 Kelsey Ticknor
Sep 24, 2014 Tatiana Quinones
Sep 24, 2014 Paula onoff
Sep 23, 2014 Thomas Merrick
Sep 23, 2014 Sue Gorey
Sep 23, 2014 Olivia Blydgen
Sep 22, 2014 Leona Hand
Sep 22, 2014 Tom Piltoff
Sep 22, 2014 Sieglinda Du Preez
Sep 21, 2014 Christine Salido
Sep 21, 2014 Peter Ozzimo Jr
Sep 21, 2014 Dave Rogers
Sep 20, 2014 Stacie Miller
Sep 20, 2014 Hans Overton
Sep 20, 2014 GILBERTO SIMAO
Sep 20, 2014 Maria Simao
Sep 20, 2014 Francisco Javier Sánchez
Sep 19, 2014 rosalind lindsey
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)

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