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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: 32,738
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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


Aug 4, 2015 Annette Rosolini
Aug 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 4, 2015 Michael Dowdy
Aug 4, 2015 (Name not displayed) If the ocean is acidified, everything will be acidified. We are within a global wide extinction, caused by our power hungry ignorance. Everyone is at fault. It is our responsibility to undo the damage we've created, even if it means making drastic change.
Aug 4, 2015 Marcia Dery
Aug 4, 2015 Camilla Prosise
Aug 4, 2015 Elisabeth Wouters
Aug 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 4, 2015 marilena zubani
Aug 4, 2015 Renate Rosol People destroy our earth - we are the only creature which doing this. And we think we are over our co-creatures!
Aug 3, 2015 Nicole Mielemeier
Aug 3, 2015 Stacey Cunningham
Aug 3, 2015 Bambi Magie
Aug 3, 2015 Rose Williams
Aug 3, 2015 Michael Masishin
Aug 3, 2015 Lisa Snyder
Aug 3, 2015 susanne becker
Aug 3, 2015 Ag Waring
Aug 3, 2015 Kasey Luther-Ellis
Aug 3, 2015 Kristen Witt
Aug 3, 2015 Kimberly langdale
Aug 3, 2015 Pamela Hughes
Aug 3, 2015 Baagheera An
Aug 3, 2015 caroline struck
Aug 3, 2015 Abdullah ibn Musa Islam
Aug 3, 2015 Margaret Sober
Aug 1, 2015 Jeri Lovell
Aug 1, 2015 Jennifer Collins
Aug 1, 2015 Pamela Allenson
Aug 1, 2015 kristi michielsen
Aug 1, 2015 Wendy Blake
Aug 1, 2015 Donna Knorr
Aug 1, 2015 Anne Garrett Save our oceans, before it's too late!
Jul 31, 2015 Janice Parker
Jul 31, 2015 clara antillon
Jul 31, 2015 DOUG SNYDER
Jul 31, 2015 Ashleigh Morin
Jul 31, 2015 Joyce Lee
Jul 31, 2015 Debbie franssen
Jul 31, 2015 Susan Armistead, M.D.
Jul 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2015 Erin Ashurst
Jul 30, 2015 Julie Muskat
Jul 30, 2015 Erika Agnew
Jul 30, 2015 Janis Masino
Jul 30, 2015 puloma dutta marine life is needed to be conserved
Jul 30, 2015 Tatjana Kink
Jul 30, 2015 Emily Fite
Jul 30, 2015 Mary Nyary We need to start correcting this immediately!

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