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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: 31,419
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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


Jan 28, 2015 Stacy Manuel
Jan 26, 2015 Laure Coutier
Jan 26, 2015 Robin Attridge
Jan 26, 2015 Sameria Christy
Jan 26, 2015 Michael Torosian
Jan 25, 2015 Isabela Calin
Jan 24, 2015 Lukas Garcia
Jan 24, 2015 Gabriel Garcia
Jan 24, 2015 Zachary Garcia
Jan 24, 2015 Gudrun Garcia
Jan 24, 2015 Donna Pacheco
Jan 24, 2015 Meghan Trew
Jan 24, 2015 Angie Merriam
Jan 23, 2015 Isabelle Jacques
Jan 23, 2015 Gillian Lee
Jan 23, 2015 Debra Van Way
Jan 23, 2015 Michelle Inere
Jan 22, 2015 anita moss
Jan 22, 2015 Janet Solomon
Jan 21, 2015 Patricia Shriver
Jan 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2015 hannah wilson
Jan 19, 2015 Jennie deBeausset
Jan 19, 2015 Carltina Johnson
Jan 18, 2015 Julie Kiran
Jan 17, 2015 Joyce Meiklejohn
Jan 17, 2015 lorraine foster
Jan 17, 2015 craig conn
Jan 17, 2015 jausen hyldahl
Jan 17, 2015 dawn brown
Jan 16, 2015 John Perrone
Jan 16, 2015 susan dingeman
Jan 16, 2015 connie clarke
Jan 16, 2015 Tammy Manley
Jan 16, 2015 DIANE KASTEL Ocean Acidification: The "Hidden Side" of Climate Change As oceans absorb carbon dioxide, the gas alters the water's basic chemistry, increasing acidity and threatening marine life.
Jan 14, 2015 Eva Van Mieghem
Jan 14, 2015 Angie Nelson
Jan 14, 2015 Beverly Edwards
Jan 14, 2015 Beverly Crawford
Jan 13, 2015 Andrea Turner
Jan 12, 2015 Mark Hayduke Grenard
Jan 12, 2015 Kim Sellon
Jan 12, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 11, 2015 Marissa Boren
Jan 10, 2015 CINDY HANA
Jan 9, 2015 Laura Fernández
Jan 9, 2015 Magali McArthur
Jan 8, 2015 Doreen Nightingale
Jan 8, 2015 Michelle Reyes
Jan 7, 2015 Denise Mineart

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