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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: 30,890
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


Aug 22, 2014 Anne C Rush Phillips
Aug 22, 2014 Kacie Hillstrom
Aug 22, 2014 Valerie Anderson
Aug 22, 2014 Christie mello
Aug 22, 2014 Leila Mojab
Aug 22, 2014 Diana Beall We already face global warming, and adding additional global problems will only eliminate many wildlife in the marine world. Please don't allow this to happen.
Aug 22, 2014 Johnny Thornton
Aug 22, 2014 jose pires
Aug 21, 2014 Marisa Greene
Aug 21, 2014 Margaret Smithers Please take measures to protect our earth!
Aug 21, 2014 Dennis Dunbar
Aug 20, 2014 Julie Capps
Aug 20, 2014 gabriele hensinger
Aug 20, 2014 rossana mianulli
Aug 20, 2014 Caroline Constantinou
Aug 19, 2014 Mary Moghadam
Aug 19, 2014 Juan Garcia
Aug 19, 2014 KELLY Kaltenbach
Aug 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 19, 2014 Nizzoli Rose
Aug 18, 2014 Shantell Capone
Aug 18, 2014 Bette Danse THESE WONDERFUL PETITIONS NEED TO BE IN THE HEADLINES
Aug 17, 2014 Roland Lindorfer
Aug 17, 2014 Renay Gonzalez
Aug 17, 2014 EDITH LOBROT
Aug 17, 2014 maria manuela lopes
Aug 17, 2014 jay strong
Aug 17, 2014 Richard Van Aken Life began here.
Aug 17, 2014 Teri Barribeau
Aug 16, 2014 Joel Cooper
Aug 16, 2014 Yonatan GK Ocean acidification not only results in the suffering of others, but will also have a huge impact on the economy and will eventually result in suffering for us as well.
Aug 16, 2014 Stacy Bobadilla
Aug 16, 2014 Mitzi Combs
Aug 15, 2014 Corey McAninch
Aug 15, 2014 Cindy Bialzik
Aug 15, 2014 Jennifer Rusak
Aug 15, 2014 Brigetta Karnopp
Aug 15, 2014 Kay Hall
Aug 14, 2014 Laurie Messina
Aug 14, 2014 Arturo Villarreal II
Aug 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2014 Lloyd Johnson
Aug 13, 2014 Stephanie Selznick
Aug 13, 2014 Kerstin Murr
Aug 13, 2014 stafanya talenti
Aug 13, 2014 John Cabala
Aug 13, 2014 Dell Davis
Aug 13, 2014 Brenda Bruno
Aug 12, 2014 Lois A.
Aug 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)

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