MAPS acknowledges and will realize the following:
Our Arctic Ocean must be protected from

  • Commercial exploitation
  • Natural resource exploitation
  • Seismic testing
  • Fracking
  • Military activity
  • Through shipping traffic

Pursuing and extracting of fossil fuels will lead to devastating climate change ramifications, and affect every single one of us.
Protecting the vulnerable Arctic ecosystem is non-negotiable for the health and survival of all life.
By signing this petition, I join the chorus of voices from all over the world, calling for the urgent enactment of the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary.


Oil companies are setting their sights on Arctic oil. Extracting these “unburnable” reserves is a completely risky and reckless course of action not in keeping with either the Paris Agreement or any consideration of our struggling ecosystems. If global temperatures are to remain “well below 2º C above preindustrial levels” , Arctic oil must stay in the seabed, never to be burned.  Additionally, international shipping companies are looking to traverse the Arctic Ocean. Cargo ships burn “heavy fuel”.  This fuel is high in both sulfur and particulate matter. The particulate matter, emitted into the air, settles on the Arctic ice sheets, darkening them, and causing them to absorb, rather than reflect, the sun’s radiation. This results in even more rapid ice melt.

Whales carry nutrients such as nitrogen from the depths back to the surface. This functions as an upward biological pump, reversing an earlier presumption that whales accelerate the loss of nutrients to the bottom. Whales defecate at the ocean’s surface. The whale feces are liquid and instead of sinking, they stay at the surface where phytoplankton feed off it. Phytoplankton sequester carbon. As such, whales benefit the climate.

There is no appropriate plan or scenario for the economic exploitation of the Arctic. The only sane course of action is one that honours our interconnection with all aspects of life on the planet and sees the Arctic for what it is — a planetary life support system and a global temperature regulator. We must refuse to perpetuate the cycles of consumption that have brought us to this precipice.

The only viable plan for the Arctic in this time of climate crisis is to declare the entire region above the Arctic Circle a Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS). In essence, this international marine conservation area will make the Arctic Ocean off limits to all commercialization, industrialization, and militarization.



MAPS must be realized immediately to cool the planet and keep the vulnerable Arctic ecosystem free from harmful exploitation. To expedite the realization of MAPS,’s legal counsel drafted the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary Treaty. It was translated into all official UN languages and sent to all heads of government around the world. calls on global leaders to place the long-term importance of protecting the planet’s environment for the good of all. Many countries are giving the MAPS Treaty careful consideration and we seek support from all like-minded individuals and groups to inspire our leaders to sign the MAPS Treaty.

By signing the MAPS petition, you and millions of others, will send a strong message to world leaders that their citizens expect them to take action that protects the planet by establishing MAPS.Please sign the MAPS petition and share it with your networks. Your voice matters.

Why does a not-for-profit draft an international treaty? Quite simply, because it needed to be done. MAPS is a non-negotiable for a healthy planet. The urgency, and the opportunity, are unparalleled.

MAPS Treaty


Our bodies are mostly made of water – as much as 50-78% depending on age and sex. Similarly, 71% of the Earth’s surface is water, 96.5% of which is ocean water. When the health of our oceans is at risk, every aspect of humanity is affected.

The water on our planet is under attack from a number of sources, such as pollution, exploitation and global warming. If we were to imagine the ocean as a physical body, it would be as though it were experiencing a virus, on top of a virus, on top of a bacterial infection.

As the polar ice caps melt, sea levels and ocean temperatures rise, heating up the planet. Heated waters mean ecosystems are harmed, animals die and natural disasters such as hurricanes increase. Since three-quarters of the world’s megacities sit on coastlines, a rising sea level threatens the way of life for nearly half of the world’s population.

Human Body
Earth’s Surface


130 dB – Sound painful to the human ear 10
140 dB – Jet engine at close range 20
160dB (average) – Whale communication 30
185 dB: Offshore oil drill rig 40
198 dB: Container ship 50
250 dB: Lightning strike on water’s surface 90
255 dB: Seismic testing 100

The Arctic is one of the planet’s most fragile ecosystems. It has been profoundly affected by climate change with permafrost almost gone and the polar ice disappearing, leaving it susceptible to increased seismic testing and drilling for oil and gas.

Petroleum companies deploy airguns to search for oil and gas in the ocean bed by generating continuous and intense sound vibrations that can reach up to 250 dB, much louder than a jet engine. Marine research shows that seismic testing harms whales, dolphins, porpoises and groundfish by causing behavioural changes, reproductive problems, and even death.

Further, oil spills around the planet illustrate that adequate measures do not now exist to detect or contain their damage even in easily accessible settings. Given the extreme and remote conditions of attempting to extract oil from the Arctic Ocean, oil spills and chronic degradation are all but guaranteed. If Arctic oil is exploited, billions of tons of carbon stand to be released into the global atmosphere, further accelerating the climatic warming that is so disastrous for the Arctic. To stabilize the climate, these hydrocarbon reserves need to stay where they are: deep under the Arctic ocean floor. Arctic oil exploration is not a safe, sustainable or viable option and would have a catastrophic, long-term impact on the entire Arctic ecosystem.

Intervening to stop seismic testing is a step towards ensuring the safety of the Arctic Ocean and ocean life. Our very lives, and all lives on the planet, depend on healthy and tranquil waters.



whale is in service toward a healthy environment and healthy people so that we have a healthy world. One of the ways this takes shape is through helping to stop seismic testing and oil exploration in the Arctic Ocean.

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