Award-winning musician, yogini, activist, author and founder of Parvati.org
“We no longer live in an era with the luxury to consider one isolated region separate from the whole. What happens in the Arctic affects us all. We must safeguard the Arctic Ocean and its rich biodiversity, 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.”
The polar ice is our planet’s
air conditioning system.
It secures balanced weather globally so that we may have the food and resources we need to survive.
But it now faces an extraordinary threat. Today, there is 75% less Arctic sea ice in the summer than there was 50 years ago.
Sea ice reflects back 50% of the sun’s radiation. When it melts, the open water it leaves behind reflects only 10% of the heat and absorbs the rest. Parts of the Arctic Ocean are already 4C too hot.
Warmer water means warmer air, which melts land ice as well as sea ice. Several million square km of Arctic land that used to be covered by snow, are now bare.
Scientists are calling the situation in the Arctic Ocean a “death spiral”. The more the Arctic ice melts, the warmer our world gets. The warmer our world gets, the more the ice melts.
We need to stop this vicious cycle, now.
15,000 scientists have signed an urgent warning to all of humanity that we must change our ways immediately. Many say 50% of the planet must now become conservation areas in order to prevent mass extinctions.
There has never been a more apt time to come together for one common goal: MAPS (the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary).
The Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary establishes all ocean waters north of the Arctic Circle as a marine protected area, free from oil drilling and all other exploitation.
MAPS not only:
- Protects the fragile Arctic ecosystem, which has been a peace park for thousands of years by its very nature
- Shelters our oceans and ocean life, which absorb a quarter of the world’s carbon and are essential for the future of humanity
- Safeguards the polar ice cap and allows it to regenerate, keeping the planet cool and its weather patterns balanced
- Helps prevent natural disasters such as forest fires, floods and droughts
- Compels a global shift away from fossil fuels to sustainable energy
- Unites world leaders in the commitment to value long-term collective good over short-term individual gain.
HONOURING THE CALL
OF THE WHALE
It all began with a dream…
“During the summer of 2010, I felt I had to do more to help raise awareness of our interconnection and our ecological responsibility.
Following a recurring dream of lying motionless on the ice at the top of the world, while a great blue whale waited below, I traveled to the North Pole to listen, sing and offer healing, to help raise awareness of the melting polar ice.
When I arrived in Canada’s most northern village, two Inuit elders greeted me, saying they had known I was coming – the whale had told them. In that moment, I knew I was playing my part in something vast and purposeful beyond my understanding. We are all interconnected. Nature’s intelligence works through us, when we are willing to listen.”
It began with a dream.
We could keep it that way,
or we could make it a reality
The clock is ticking,
but the choice is yours.