Earth Guardians Youth Director Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Endorses MAPS

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 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 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, and to call on their world leaders to sign the MAPS Treaty immediately.