December 7, 2017 – For Immediate Release

The worst fire season ever is taking place in California after a summer of record heat left the forests dry. Over 9.1 million acres have burned across the United States this year, devastating homes and ecosystems and filling the air with pollution. The situation is critical. We need to turn down the heat, by establishing the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary.

The polar ice is the planet’s air conditioner. But it’s melting fast. Sea ice reflects back 50% of the sun’s radiation. When it melts, the open water it leaves behind reflects only 10% – absorbing the rest. The Arctic Ocean now has 75% less summer ice than half a century ago. Parts of the Arctic Ocean are now 7F warmer than usual.

Scientists say the Arctic is in a “death spiral”. The more its 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 call on humanity to change our ways. Leading biologists say we must protect 50% of the planet.

MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, is the solution. It removes the option of Arctic oil, compelling a pivot to renewable energies. It shifts the global paradigm from short-term greed to long-term good. It allows this crucially vulnerable ecosystem to regenerate so that the Arctic ice can cool the planet again.

“Nature is warning us more and more loudly every day that we must make immediate steps to protect the planet and all life on it,” says Parvati.org founder Parvati Devi. “The exploitation and pollution that led to the melting of the polar ice were done for human gain. Yet, they ultimately come at a tremendous cost to all life. Disasters like this year’s fires are just the beginning, if we do not change our ways now. 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 is a simple, effective and immediate solution 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, COP23 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 governments to ratify the MAPS Treaty immediately.