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 http://parvati.org, and to call on their governments to ratify MAPS immediately.