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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: 30,933
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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


Sep 2, 2014 Dagmar Bajinski
Sep 2, 2014 Constance Jackson We R KILLING OUR OCEANS N ALL WHO ABIDE THEREIN!
Sep 2, 2014 Fiona Dickinson
Sep 2, 2014 Barbara Cosslett
Sep 1, 2014 Linda Eley
Sep 1, 2014 Darlene Falk
Sep 1, 2014 Luca Lotto
Aug 30, 2014 Sabrina Renault
Aug 29, 2014 jo Penston
Aug 29, 2014 Brandon Pante
Aug 29, 2014 Jayme Yang
Aug 29, 2014 JENNIFER MATHIS
Aug 29, 2014 sharon saunders
Aug 29, 2014 Emma Zilke
Aug 27, 2014 William Mc Guire
Aug 27, 2014 Della Bartley
Aug 27, 2014 (Name not displayed) stop
Aug 27, 2014 John Cort
Aug 27, 2014 Marie Davis
Aug 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 26, 2014 Michelle Vallee
Aug 26, 2014 Lalonnie Getan
Aug 26, 2014 Kathryn Bowerman
Aug 26, 2014 Stéphanie CHAUWIN
Aug 26, 2014 Helga S. This is a very serious problem, of HIGHEST PRIORITY. Please take due & quick action against this emerging threat. Responsible action highly appreciated!
Aug 26, 2014 ana perez
Aug 26, 2014 Naomi Curtis
Aug 25, 2014 Nancy Hoffman
Aug 25, 2014 Jo Johnson
Aug 25, 2014 Laurel Drobits
Aug 24, 2014 Debra Ierardi
Aug 24, 2014 Kenia Montijo
Aug 24, 2014 Tracey Newman
Aug 24, 2014 Leila Sultan
Aug 24, 2014 Angela Anderson If this keeps up, we humans won't have any fish to eat either.
Aug 24, 2014 Debbie Seiler
Aug 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 24, 2014 Michelle Steil
Aug 23, 2014 Hilarey Benda
Aug 23, 2014 Amber Wallace
Aug 23, 2014 Valeria Antoshkina
Aug 23, 2014 Janet Starkey
Aug 23, 2014 donna savin
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

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