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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: 31,253
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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


Dec 17, 2014 Andre Walter
Dec 15, 2014 Riley Ellis
Dec 15, 2014 Ellen Perkins
Dec 15, 2014 Jo Heggset
Dec 15, 2014 Christine Anderson
Dec 15, 2014 Carey Boehmer
Dec 14, 2014 Sonia Bourgault Stop to abuse and abuse again and again just for make money, your cupidity and EGO most be Stop NOW by the real law and the heart of your soul, wake-up, the whole planet see you, so change your mind and do something good for all life.
Dec 13, 2014 Lydia LaGue
Dec 13, 2014 Robin Nowak
Dec 13, 2014 Lori Pillow
Dec 12, 2014 John Taylor Jr
Dec 12, 2014 Denise Plymale
Dec 11, 2014 Marilyn Mayers
Dec 10, 2014 Laura Tysinger
Dec 7, 2014 Kimberly Gibson
Dec 7, 2014 Dina Mattas
Dec 6, 2014 jane hughes
Dec 4, 2014 Natalie Bellows
Dec 4, 2014 Carmen Mora
Dec 4, 2014 Denise Miller
Dec 4, 2014 Jürgen Breu
Dec 4, 2014 Ruth Ann Wiesenthal-Gold
Dec 3, 2014 Max Richardson
Dec 2, 2014 Karen Van Tuyle
Dec 2, 2014 Darlene Skura
Dec 2, 2014 David Frank
Dec 2, 2014 Karen Furbee
Dec 2, 2014 Lita Kaye
Dec 1, 2014 Janie Ellis
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Dec 1, 2014 Charlotte Johansen
Dec 1, 2014 Rejanne Albuquerque
Dec 1, 2014 Shelley Dwyer-Murphy
Dec 1, 2014 Andrew Eisenberg
Dec 1, 2014 Micola Molchanoff
Dec 1, 2014 Jennifer Leber
Dec 1, 2014 jeff boden
Nov 30, 2014 Emily Tenaglia
Nov 30, 2014 Nicola Thomasson
Nov 27, 2014 Janice Elton
Nov 27, 2014 ivana carrozzi
Nov 24, 2014 Donna De Maria
Nov 24, 2014 Margaret Argyle
Nov 24, 2014 Andrea Russell
Nov 24, 2014 jeanine mielke
Nov 24, 2014 Sheila Smith-Ramirez
Nov 23, 2014 Renee Burkhead
Nov 22, 2014 annette florence
Nov 22, 2014 ali mosa
Nov 21, 2014 Carol Faucett

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