Dr. Roger Payne, President and Founder of Ocean Alliance, Supports Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary

Dr. Roger Payne, who brought to the world the song of the humpback whales, has joined the coalition of environmental leaders calling for the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary for the sake of all life on Earth.

The Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary is an immediate, practical and effective response to multiple pressing global issues. It stops all activity in the Arctic Ocean that harms the melting polar ice, our planet’s air conditioner.

Dr. Payne says, “Back in 1961 we banned exploitation and resource extraction in the Antarctic. Let’s all get behind MAPS and save the Arctic to save the world.

To protect the critical Arctic Ocean ecosystem, Parvati.org created the international MAPS Treaty. The Treaty prohibits all harmful human activities in the Arctic Ocean including commercial shipping and fishing, military exercises, seismic testing and oil and gas extraction. It has been translated into all official UN languages, provided to all 193 UN member states, and shared with officials at COP21, COP22 and COP23.

“Everything we do that heats up the Earth heats up the Arctic much faster,” says Dr. Payne. “Everything we break or spill in the Arctic takes the Arctic vastly longer to recover from. Arctic permafrost holds four to five times as much carbon as all human activities have released worldwide since 1850 (including all burning of all fossil fuels). Arctic permafrost is about to thaw which will release much of its staggering quantity of CO2 and methane, which will make things hotter, which will thaw more permafrost, which will release yet greater amounts of methane and CO2, which will make things hotter still, and so on—a feedback loop that’s a race to oblivion. MAPS will slow this process.”

“Dr. Payne has given voice to Nature for decades,” says Parvati.org founder Parvati Devi. “He made the world aware of the majestic song of the whales and the need to preserve their populations. By protecting the Arctic Ocean, we do not just protect the many cetaceans who reside there. MAPS safeguards the Earth’s air conditioning system, that keeps our planet’s weather stable. What happens in the Arctic affects us all. We at Parvati.org are deeply honoured by Dr. Payne’s support of MAPS and hope it will inspire many others to do the same.”

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.