August 1, 2017 – For Immediate Release
The polar ice of the Arctic Ocean helps maintain balanced global weather patterns which influence food supply, access to clean water, habitable land, and ultimately our very safety. But the ice is melting quickly, exposing a deeply vulnerable ecosystem to the threat of exploitation that would only exacerbate further ice loss. The ramifications would hit poor and underprivileged populations hardest and first. This must not happen. That’s why the volunteers at Parvati.org are working hard to create the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. MAPS is the only global initiative that addresses the urgent need to protect the earth’s cooling system – the Arctic ice cap – in order to stabilize the planet’s climate and sea levels and ensure our healthy future.
MAPS establishes the Arctic Ocean as a permanent international marine protected area free from commercial fishing, natural resource exploitation, seismic testing, military activity and through shipping traffic. The MAPS Treaty has been translated into all six official UN languages, provided to all 193 UN member states, and shared with officials at COP21 and COP22.
“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,” says Parvati.org founder Parvati Devi. “We are all interconnected. The health of the Arctic sea ice affects our own health and well-being. For the sake of everyone and every living thing on the planet, MAPS must be realized immediately.”
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.