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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: 30,733
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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


Jul 30, 2014 William Rolls
Jul 30, 2014 ela crutchley
Jul 30, 2014 Larysa Oleynych
Jul 30, 2014 Heather Dale
Jul 30, 2014 Annalisa Amadori
Jul 29, 2014 Kimberly Spiegel
Jul 29, 2014 Shelly Borden
Jul 29, 2014 Georgia Koenig
Jul 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 29, 2014 Erika Dahri
Jul 29, 2014 Michele Carella
Jul 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 29, 2014 Rachel Foland
Jul 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 29, 2014 Elizaveta Baranova
Jul 28, 2014 Ann Larcombe
Jul 28, 2014 Huney Goh
Jul 28, 2014 Leslie Rich
Jul 28, 2014 Debbie Dominguez
Jul 28, 2014 James Quinn
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed) Use a clear and conscientious heart.
Jul 28, 2014 Suzanne Vetek
Jul 28, 2014 Lania Marta
Jul 28, 2014 TAY JEFFERIES
Jul 28, 2014 Trong Le Please, for the sake of our children and children's children, create these protected zones. Please help marine wildlife.
Jul 28, 2014 Jessica Baskett
Jul 28, 2014 Ann Kipp
Jul 28, 2014 K Cumpston
Jul 28, 2014 Jeff Morris
Jul 28, 2014 Lauren Critelli
Jul 28, 2014 kim garlock
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 andrew houghton
Jul 27, 2014 Wendy Olek
Jul 27, 2014 gaby nunes
Jul 27, 2014 Liliana Corbacho
Jul 27, 2014 Melissa Flores
Jul 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2014 Jessica Powers
Jul 27, 2014 irene capocefalo
Jul 27, 2014 James Poston
Jul 27, 2014 Richard Fernandez
Jul 27, 2014 Kate Rawles
Jul 27, 2014 Roos Bernsen
Jul 27, 2014 Victoria Wirth
Jul 27, 2014 Sara Salvatore
Jul 27, 2014 Virginia Culbert
Jul 27, 2014 Nicole Henning
Jul 27, 2014 Simone Louw

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