Hero For The Planet Dr. Sylvia Earle Endorses Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary

May 23, 2017 – For Immediate Release

“Her Deepness”, the renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, Time Magazine Hero for the Planet and founder of Mission Blue, has added her support to the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS).

“We need to convey a sense of urgency because the world is changing. The next ten years is likely to be the most important time in the next 10,000 years. We have options that we are going to lose within ten years unless we take action now,” says Dr. Earle. “Every day options close, and this is particularly true in the Arctic. The Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary is an idea whose time has come, and I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the people behind these efforts.”

Dr. Earle is the second Ocean Elder to endorse the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (the first being Dr. Jane Goodall).

MAPS is the only global initiative that addresses the urgent need to protect the earth’s very own cooling system – the Arctic ice cap – in order to stabilize the planet’s climate and sea levels. Arctic sea ice has protected humanity for thousands of years by keeping the earth cool and must be left alone to regenerate as we transition to sustainable solutions for energy. Parvati.org created the international MAPS Treaty to prevent this key climate-regulating region from becoming exploited and exacerbating extreme weather, food shortages, flooding and other issues around the world. The MAPS Treaty has been translated into all official UN languages, provided to all 193 UN member states, and shared with officials at COP21 and COP22.

“We are deeply grateful for Dr. Earle’s support for the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary and for her passionate, lifelong commitment to protecting our marine ecosystems,” says Parvati.org founder Parvati Devi. “The oceans play a pivotal role in our lives. Their health and well-being are linked inextricably to our own. When life in the Arctic Ocean is under threat, all of life on the planet is at risk. MAPS must be declared immediately to protect not only the Arctic, but the world. I encourage world leaders to carefully consider the wisdom of our ocean experts, and sign the MAPS Treaty now.”

Citizens of all nations are urged to sign and share the MAPS petition at https://parvati.org, and to call on their governments to ratify the MAPS Treaty immediately.

 

No Point In Investing In Arctic Oil: Declare MAPS Instead

May 16, 2017 – For Immediate Release

Recent analysis of the risks and costs associated with exploiting Arctic oil and gas underscore the fact that drilling has no place in the Arctic Ocean. According to Goldman Sachs, there’s almost no rationale for Arctic exploration because the immensely complex, expensive projects can move too high on the cost curve to be economically doable. With rapid ongoing progress being made in wind and solar energy systems, Goldman Sachs notes these sources of renewable energy are clearly winning out against hydrocarbons.

When big financial firms like Goldman Sachs see the writing on the wall for Arctic drilling, the rest of the world can’t be far behind. The Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary doesn’t just make ecological sense. It is a deeply intelligent and needed action for all life on the planet.

In addition to being financially unviable, Arctic reserves are unburnable under any scenario that seeks to limit average global warming to 2°C. If Arctic oil is exploited, tons of carbon reserves stand to be released into the atmosphere, catalyzing a global climate catastrophe that puts every living thing at risk. The Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) will ensure they remain off limits, protecting life on earth (and pocketbooks) in the process. To follow through on the promise of the Paris Agreement and put the brakes on soaring temperatures, we need decisive and bold action on a global scale. World leaders must come together for the immediate declaration of the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS).

“MAPS offers a profoundly practical solution to protect the Earth’s very own cooling system that is under threat as never before,” says Parvati.org founder Parvati Devi. “MAPS is an immediate, simple, and cost-free global decision to cease exploiting fossil fuels and to pursue alternate sustainable energies, setting the world on an irreversible path towards clean energy, and uniting leaders in agreement that short-term gain for some must not be put ahead of long-term consequence for all.”

To prevent exploitation of this key climate-regulating region and to allow Arctic sea ice to regenerate, Parvati.org created the international MAPS Treaty. The MAPS Treaty prohibits all harmful activities in the Arctic Ocean including military exercises, commercial shipping and fishing, seismic testing and oil and gas activities. It has been translated into all official UN languages, provided to all 193 UN member states, and shared with officials at COP21 and COP22.

Citizens of all nations are urged to sign and share the MAPS petition at https://parvati.org, and to call on their governments to ratify MAPS immediately.

Earth Guardians Youth Director Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Endorses MAPS

May 9, 2017 – For Immediate Release

Earth Guardians Youth Director Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, has added his support to the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS).

“MAPS is an incredibly important treaty to protect one of the most important places on earth. As a global community, we have a responsibility to defend the Arctic. World leaders have a responsibility to sign the MAPS Treaty and create that protected zone for our generation, and for every generation to come,” says Martinez. “A lot of what we fight for when it comes to climate justice is the protection of the Arctic because of the global implications if our ice caps melt. Now, more than ever, is the time to get the world on board with protecting the Arctic and with supporting MAPS. We need to have this done by 2018.”

For thousands of years, the Arctic Ocean has existed as a naturally protected and undisturbed ecosystem. Its thick polar ice has reflected the sun’s radiant heat away from the earth, keeping our climate and sea levels stable. But with Arctic sea ice now melting quickly, commercial and military interests are keen to exploit emerging waterways and resources. Such opportunism places a vulnerable ecosystem – and all life on the planet – at risk.

To prevent exploitation of this key climate-regulating region and to allow Arctic sea ice to regenerate, Parvati.org created the international MAPS Treaty. The MAPS Treaty prohibits all harmful activities in the Arctic Ocean including military exercises, commercial shipping, seismic testing and oil and gas activities. It has been translated into all official UN languages, provided to all 193 UN member states, and shared with officials at COP21 and COP22.

“We are honoured that Xiuhtezcatl Martinez has given his support for MAPS,” says Parvati.org founder Parvati Devi. “At this time of intense global disruption, the international community must heed the wisdom of our youth who will inherit an environmental catastrophe caused by the actions of those who came before them. It is time for world leaders to set aside perceived regional differences and recognize our inherent interconnection, and unite to declare MAPS for the benefit of all life for generations to come.”

Citizens of all nations are urged to sign and share the MAPS petition at https://parvati.org, and to call on their governments to ratify MAPS immediately.

Declare MAPS To Reduce The Risk Of Forest Fires.

May 2, 2017 – For Immediate Release

Hotter than average temperatures are predicted for this coming summer, which means increased risk of forest fires. As the climate warms, moisture and precipitation levels are changing, with wet regions becoming wetter and dry regions becoming drier. Hot air dries out vegetation, turning forests into kindling for more intense and long-burning fires over an extended season.

The costs of forest fires are devastating. Not only can forest fires raze entire communities; their smoke increases local air pollution, exacerbates lung diseases and causes breathing difficulties. There are also serious environmental consequences. Forest fires contribute to global carbon emissions and thereby worsen climate change. The loss of forested areas also means the loss of valuable carbon sinks. The Paris Agreement aims to achieve a carbon-neutral global economy, which means limiting the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by human activity to the levels that the earth can absorb naturally. However, peak carbon absorption rates for trees and plants was reached in 2006, making preservation of our forests more important than ever.

“The Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) is urgently needed as an antidote to the devastating forest fires that are predicted for this summer,” says Parvati Devi, the founder of the Canadian not-for-profit Parvati.org working to establish MAPS. “MAPS protects the Arctic sea ice that regulates our global climate. This includes healthy rainfall, which is needed to protect our carbon-absorbing forests. The Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary is essential in keeping our forests, homes and lives safe.”

Parvati.org created the international MAPS Treaty, translated it into the six official UN languages, and distributed it to the heads of government of all 193 member nations of the UN for their formal endorsement. The treaty takes effect with the signatures of 99 countries. MAPS designates the entire Arctic Ocean as an international marine conservation area, precluding all commercialization, industrialization, and militarization in this delicate environment.
Citizens of all nations are urged to sign and share the MAPS petition at https://parvati.org, and to call on their governments to ratify MAPS immediately.

MAPS Will Prevent Oil and Gas Leaks in the Arctic Ocean.

April 18, 2017 – For Immediate Release

Recent oil and methane gas leaks under ice-covered Alaskan waters underscore the fact that drilling has no place in the Arctic Ocean. From late December until April 13, 2017, hundreds of thousands of cubic feet of methane spewed every day from an underwater pipeline into Alaska’s Cook Inlet, threatening endangered wildlife including Steller sea lions and beluga and humpback whales.

There is no easy way to stop pipeline leaks in the remote and unforgiving Arctic. Shutting them down puts them at risk of taking in water, freezing and rupturing. Heavy ice cover and strong tides in Cook Inlet made it impossible to send divers to assess the damaged pipeline lying 80 feet deep on the seabed floor. Only last Thursday, after tens of millions of cubic feet of methane gas had been released into a vulnerable ecosystem, were divers able to install a clamp on the pipeline to stop the leak. No one knows the short-term or long-term damage to the environment and wildlife that this leak has triggered. But what is absolutely clear is that we need MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, immediately.

“Undertaking projects with the potential to do terrible damage to our planet, and without fail safes, is not only environmentally unsound. It neglects common sense: don’t make a mess if you cannot clean it up,” says Parvati Devi, the founder of the Canadian not-for-profit Parvati.org working to establish MAPS. “We need to be responsible citizens of the Earth and realize that our bottom line is a healthy planet. Oil and gas drilling have no place in the vulnerable Arctic, which is already severely taxed in its role of keeping the planet cool. MAPS ensures all life on Earth, including endangered Arctic wildlife, can continue to thrive.”  

As an immediate, simple and effective solution to protect the Arctic for the sake of the entire planet, Parvati.org created the international MAPS Treaty, translated it into the six official UN languages, and distributed it to the heads of government of all 193 member nations of the UN for their formal endorsement. The treaty takes effect with the signatures of 99 countries. MAPS designates the ocean north of the Arctic Circle as an international marine conservation area, precluding all commercialization, industrialization, and militarization in this delicate environment.

Citizens of all nations are urged to sign and share the MAPS petition at https://parvati.org, and to call on their governments to ratify MAPS immediately.

Oceanic Preservation Society Director Louie Psihoyos Endorses Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary

April 10, 2017 – For Immediate Release

Academy Award winning director and Executive Director of the Oceanic Preservation Society, Louie Psihoyos (The Cove/Racing Extinction), has added his support to the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS).

“The Arctic Ocean ecosystem is unique and diverse, home to many species under threat,” says Psihoyos. “The Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary is an essential way to protect this ecosystem and give threatened populations a chance to recover.”

Sea ice is essential for the survival of many Arctic ecosystems, providing important habitats as well as a resting place for marine mammals like polar bears and seals. But it is disappearing quickly, causing the planet’s oceans to absorb ever more heat from the sun, with serious global consequences. For the sake of life in the Arctic and, indeed, all life on the planet, we need MAPS immediately. MAPS is a unique solution to protect Arctic sea ice and the species that rely on it by prohibiting all forms of exploitation in ocean waters north of the Arctic Circle and allowing the sea ice to regenerate.

To expedite the realization of MAPS, Canadian not-for-profit Parvati.org drafted the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary Treaty. The MAPS Treaty has been translated into all official UN languages, sent to all 193 UN member states, and taken to COP 21 and 22. The Treaty takes effect with the signatures of 99 countries. The MAPS Treaty is an essential addendum to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). UNCLOS as it stands permits Arctic coastal states to exploit natural and living resources within their exclusive economic zones.

“We are deeply honoured that Louie Psihoyos has given his support for MAPS,” says Parvati.org founder Parvati Devi. “The Cove and Racing Extinction have awakened many to the dire situation facing many species on the planet at this time. To protect the key and vulnerable Arctic ecosystem, and help marine mammal populations regenerate along with the polar ice, we need MAPS now.”

Citizens of all nations are urged to sign and share the MAPS petition at https://parvati.org, and to call on their governments to ratify MAPS immediately.

 

Polar Ice Helps Millions Breathe Better. Just Another Reason We Need MAPS.

April 3, 2017 – For Immediate Release

Dwindling Arctic sea ice is causing problems all over the world, including severe global weather events like changes in average rain patterns leading to floods or droughts, more intense storms, heat waves and wildfires. Now, researchers have uncovered another devastating effect: increased air pollution in eastern China. It’s just another reason the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) is so urgently needed to help the polar ice regenerate.

In the winter of 2013, Beijing and other eastern Chinese cities became blanketed in a heavy smog that forced school, highways, and airports to close and contributed to at least 90,000 deaths. The culprit? Melting Arctic sea ice. In the fall of 2012, record lows of sea ice preceded high snowfalls across Siberia, which altered weather patterns in eastern China. Monsoon wind currents that normally ventilate eastern China were pushed towards Japan instead, leaving eastern China with stagnant air that accumulated hazardous particulate matter.

“We are all interconnected. The health of the Arctic sea ice affects us all, in more ways than we may yet realize,” says Parvati.org founder Parvati Devi. “For the sake of everyone and every living thing on the planet, MAPS must be realized immediately.”

For thousands of years, the Arctic ice cap has reflected the sun’s rays, protecting humanity from an overheated earth. Now, it’s our turn to protect the Arctic Ocean. The whole world community must come together in support of the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary.

MAPS establishes the Arctic Ocean north of the Arctic Circle as a permanent international marine protected area free from commercial fishing, natural resource exploitation, seismic testing, military activity and through shipping traffic. It compels a faster shift to renewable energy, helps the melting polar ice (and endangered marine mammal populations there) to regenerate, and stabilizes the weather patterns that make our planet livable.

Citizens of all nations are urged to sign and share the MAPS petition at https://parvati.org.

Narwhals Need Arctic Sea Ice. So Do Humans. That’s Why We Need MAPS.

March 27, 2017 – For Immediate Release

Less ice and more noise in the Arctic Ocean means big trouble for narwhals, the Arctic-dwelling whales, lovingly dubbed “unicorn of the sea” for their long, spiraling tusks. The melting ice is changing the Arctic ecosystem, bringing orcas much farther north to prey on narwhals in waters that used to be safe. Meanwhile, increased noise in the Arctic Ocean from seismic testing vessels, military exercises, and shipping traffic stands to deafen and disorient these sonically sensitive animals, while placing the ice – and our climate – at ever-increasing risk.

The Arctic sea ice is crucial for balanced global weather patterns and sea levels. For the sake of the narwhals, and for all life on Earth, we need the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary now.

The Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) is an essential intervention to help stop climate change and species loss by protecting the vulnerable Arctic ecosystem. It declares all Arctic Ocean waters north of the Arctic Circle an international marine protected area, free from seismic testing, oil exploration, commercial fishing, military buildup, through shipping traffic and other harmful actions.

The Arctic Ocean has global ramifications. That’s why Parvati.org’s all-volunteer staff created the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary Treaty pursuant to the United Nations Law of the Sea, and is in communication with the 193 member-states of the United Nations to ratify the treaty by the end of 2018.

“We no longer live in an era with the luxury to consider one isolated region separate from the whole,” says Parvati.org founder Parvati Devi. “What happens in the Arctic affects us all. We must safeguard the Arctic Ocean and its rich biodiversity, including the narwhals, before it is too late. Protecting the fragile Arctic ecosystem keeps our entire planet cool, and our weather patterns and global crop growth in balance. This must be an urgent priority for everyone on Earth.”

Citizens of all nations are invited to sign the MAPS petition at https://parvati.org.

The Arctic protects us 24/7. This #EarthHour, take a moment to protect it.

Earth Hour is happening right now across the world. From 8:30-9:30pm in each time zone, people shut off lights and consider how we can reduce our energy footprint to help stop climate change.

24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, for millennia, the Arctic Ocean polar ice helps to keep the planet cool and our climate regulated. But now, the ice is melting fast and under more threat every day.

Before you power down your devices for Earth Hour, take a moment to right-click, save and share one of these images to help spread the word about the need for MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. 

If you have not already, please sign and share the MAPS petition.

Together, we can keep our planet and all living things healthy.

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Dr. Jane Goodall Endorses Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary

March 16, 2017 – For Immediate Release

The esteemed scientist and UN Messenger of Peace, Dr. Jane Goodall, has added her support to the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS).

“Humans have the most highly developed intellect of any species yet in the name of progress we are exploiting the natural resources of our planet and destroying the complex web of life with no thought for future generations,” Dr. Goodall says. “The oceans are not only rich in biodiversity, but also play a major role in regulating temperatures: we continue harming and polluting them at our peril. It is thus hugely important to establish the proposed Sanctuary for preserving the unique arctic flora and fauna and thus helping to slow down climate change at this critical time.”

MAPS is the only global initiative that addresses the urgent need to protect the earth’s very own cooling system – the Arctic ice cap – in order to stabilize the planet’s climate and sea levels. Arctic sea ice has protected humanity for thousands of years by keeping the earth cool and must be left alone to regenerate as we transition to sustainable solutions for energy. To prevent this key climate-regulating region from becoming exploited, which would only exacerbate extreme weather phenomena and worrisome social issues around the world, Parvati.org created the international MAPS Treaty. The MAPS Treaty has been translated into all official UN languages, provided to all 193 UN member states, and been shared with officials at COP21 and COP22.

“We are deeply and humbly grateful for Dr. Goodall’s support for MAPS and for her lifelong, exceptional work in helping people understand the value of nature,” says Parvati.org founder, Canadian musician, yogi and activist Parvati Devi. “The Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary Treaty is an essential intervention in the climate crisis we face, while preserving the Arctic’s rich flora and fauna, and all life on earth.”

MAPS: The Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary must be realized to protect our planet today, and for generations to come.

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