World Ocean Observatory’s Peter Neill Endorses Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary

Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory, has added his support to the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS).

“The melting of Arctic ice is but one critical sign of the consequences of our indifference to Nature; the damage we have caused through emissions, toxins, waste, and consumptive behavior; and the intrusion of the same causative values and actions into a last wilderness with its rich plant and animal life heretofore isolated and unspoiled,” says Neill.

“The high north is home to millions of human inhabitants with families, settlements, and traditions at risk: to protect it by international treaty and designation as a Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary will address the regeneration of this vulnerable ecosystem, protect the rights of the indigenous people, and serve as an exemplary system by which to sustain the environment worldwide in symbiotic alignment with principles of equity and social justice that can be applied elsewhere in our damaged world and to our threatened survival. The sea connects all things.”

Peter Neill joins luminaries such as Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Louie Psihoyos, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and Julia Butterfly Hill in endorsing the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary.

MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, declares the Arctic Ocean north of the Arctic Circle an international peace park, free from exploitation of all kinds, in perpetuity. It stops all activity in the Arctic Ocean that harms the melting ice. It is a free, effective and immediate response to the unprecedented threat facing our entire world. created the international MAPS Treaty to prevent this key and vulnerable 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 Peter Neill’s support for the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary and for all he does to advocate for the oceans,” says 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 urge 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, and to call on their world leaders to sign the MAPS Treaty immediately.