As The Ice Melts, Disasters Are On The Rise. We Need MAPS Now.
The Arctic sea ice, which cools the entire planet by reflecting the sun’s heat, is melting away. In its absence, the ocean heats up and the jet stream is disrupted, changing weather patterns and contributing to disasters globally. Time is running out to establish the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary to protect all life on Earth.
With less polar ice, more of the sun’s energy is absorbed into the ocean, making it hotter. Above average sea surface temperatures create stronger tropical cyclones. This has led to an unprecedented number of Category 5 hurricane landfalls this year, leaving devastation in their wake. However, the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is far from over. More monster storms could be on the way.
Meanwhile, weather patterns globally have become unbalanced. Flooding in South Asia has killed thousands and displaced millions, while unusually dry conditions in the Pacific Northwest have led to forest fires. Further north, Greenland’s peat layer has been on fire for over a month. This is especially concerning since the decayed vegetation that makes up peat is a carbon sink, now set to release huge amounts of carbon back into the atmosphere. To compound the problem, the smoke is blackening much of the polar ice in the region. This cripples what is left of the polar ice from doing its essential job of reflecting the sun’s heat away from the Earth.
“Nature is warning us more and more loudly every day that we must make immediate changes to protect all life,” says Parvati.org founder Parvati Devi. “The harmful activities that led to the melting of the polar ice were done for human gain. Yet, they ultimately have terrible human cost. Disasters like the flooding in Asia and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria could be just the beginning. There is no more time for anything but bold and decisive action to protect our planet. We need the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary now.”
Luminaries such as Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Louie Psihoyos, Peter Neill, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and Julia Butterfly Hill have endorsed the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, which 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 polar ice. It is a free, effective and immediate response to the unprecedented threat facing our entire world.
Parvati.org 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, COP22 and UNGA 72.
Citizens of all nations are urged to sign and share the MAPS petition at https://parvati.org, and to call on their world leaders to sign the MAPS Treaty immediately.