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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: 30,000 Progress: 29,905
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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 12, 2014 nicole edward
Jul 12, 2014 Eithne O'Toole
Jul 12, 2014 aurore haase
Jul 12, 2014 Connie Wolf
Jul 12, 2014 Steffi Hoffmann
Jul 12, 2014 Bettina Hoffmann
Jul 12, 2014 Debbie Sparks
Jul 12, 2014 Evgenia Vyatchanin
Jul 12, 2014 Denise Figueiredo
Jul 12, 2014 Rebecca Roberts
Jul 12, 2014 RyAnn Stafford
Jul 12, 2014 Nadir Conceição
Jul 12, 2014 Luis Figueroa
Jul 12, 2014 Ann Welton
Jul 12, 2014 rita freitas
Jul 12, 2014 Teresa Horn
Jul 12, 2014 Gareth Bretherton
Jul 12, 2014 Mauricio Caballero
Jul 12, 2014 Marta Feio
Jul 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 12, 2014 Hanna Maier
Jul 12, 2014 Yelena Trush
Jul 12, 2014 Lisa Love
Jul 12, 2014 Samantha Addington
Jul 12, 2014 Michelle Maxwell
Jul 12, 2014 Beth Birney
Jul 12, 2014 Silvina de Fátima Vaz
Jul 12, 2014 Lisa Silliman-French
Jul 12, 2014 S Rothauser
Jul 12, 2014 Gloria Cameron
Jul 12, 2014 Alice Serras
Jul 12, 2014 Marie-Camille BAINSON
Jul 12, 2014 giulia brogi stop maltrattamenti
Jul 12, 2014 fernanda van ysseldyk
Jul 12, 2014 paulina perucca
Jul 12, 2014 Viviana Gunter
Jul 12, 2014 Lise Vandal
Jul 12, 2014 Annette Berghammer
Jul 12, 2014 Jo Redding
Jul 12, 2014 Marilyn Maddocks
Jul 12, 2014 Kimberly Walker
Jul 12, 2014 (Name not displayed) When our oceans die, so do we.
Jul 12, 2014 M Sidney
Jul 12, 2014 Emile Ouellette
Jul 12, 2014 christine Marsal
Jul 12, 2014 Heather Nelson
Jul 12, 2014 Stephanie Hoston
Jul 12, 2014 Kathleen Wolney
Jul 12, 2014 Zairê Weisheimer
Jul 12, 2014 Štěpánka Jankovská

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