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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: 31,341
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

Dec 28, 2014 Divina Gracia
Dec 28, 2014 Mary Walker
Dec 28, 2014 françoise bré-fortun
Dec 28, 2014 Charlotte Thomas
Dec 28, 2014 Connie Durkee
Dec 28, 2014 Sally Pulford Please act while there is still time and establish additional marine protected areas. Sincerely, Sally Pulford
Dec 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 28, 2014 Jasper Cato
Dec 28, 2014 Elizabeth Evans
Dec 28, 2014 Maureen Hill Wake up !!!!
Dec 27, 2014 christina vincent Why do we not care enough?
Dec 27, 2014 Myjken Roberson
Dec 27, 2014 Gerry Melder
Dec 27, 2014 Debbie Bishop
Dec 27, 2014 Debra Norris-Cuff
Dec 27, 2014 Clara Goedeke We need to do much better than we are now. This is the only planet we have. All we are doing is killing ourselves along with everything else. WAKE UP PEOPLE, WAKE UP.
Dec 27, 2014 Diana Dale
Dec 27, 2014 Michael Bell
Dec 27, 2014 Sjöfn Rafnsdóttir
Dec 27, 2014 Linda Witsil
Dec 27, 2014 Alfredo Alvarez
Dec 27, 2014 holger hadrich
Dec 27, 2014 Marilyn Hunter
Dec 27, 2014 Tarita Brown
Dec 27, 2014 Glenna Coup
Dec 27, 2014 Deborah Leach We need to stop now and clean our oceans up.
Dec 27, 2014 Lic. Mayco Castro
Dec 27, 2014 Kristina Potter
Dec 27, 2014 Vicki Maturo
Dec 27, 2014 A.E. KUHN
Dec 27, 2014 Susan Marone
Dec 27, 2014 Lin Vaughn
Dec 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 27, 2014 Bryana Nesbitt
Dec 27, 2014 Allison Austin
Dec 27, 2014 lisa yarrito
Dec 27, 2014 Maria River
Dec 27, 2014 gyslaine weber Salvemos el planeta para nuestros hijos !!!
Dec 27, 2014 Alice Wassey
Dec 27, 2014 chantal dandrifosse
Dec 27, 2014 isabel gouveia
Dec 27, 2014 Janne Højmose
Dec 27, 2014 Nermin Dutra
Dec 27, 2014 Maria João Ramos
Dec 27, 2014 Anna Eiskamp
Dec 27, 2014 Sierra Sabatini
Dec 27, 2014 Narisse Trippel
Dec 27, 2014 Eleanor Andersen
Dec 27, 2014 sophie chalumeau

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