On the summer solstice and International Yoga Day at the AREDAY Summit in Snowmass, Colorado, the Canadian musician, yogini and activist Parvati gave a keynote address about the importance of protecting the Arctic polar ice with the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS). For thousands of years, the Arctic ice cap has protected all life on Earth from an overheated planet.
MAPS establishes the Arctic Ocean north of the Arctic Circle as the largest international marine protected area in history—free from commercial fishing, natural resource exploitation, seismic testing, military activity and through shipping traffic.
At the 15th annual AREDAY Summit put on by the American Renewable Energy Institute, Parvati explained to an audience of motivated and knowledgeable industry leaders how MAPS boldly addresses multiple issues facing our world today in one simple and immediate solution. Other AREDAY speakers included Dr. Sylvia Earle (Mission Blue), Jean-Michel Cousteau (Ocean Futures Society), Captain Paul Watson (Sea Shepherd) and Claes Nobel (United Earth).
Luminaries like Dr. Earle, Dr. Jane Goodall, Academy Award winning director Louie Psihoyos (The Cove, Racing Extinction), Grammy-winning music producer Chris Porter (Sir Elton John, George Michael) and legendary concert promoter Harvey Goldsmith CBE (Live Aid) have come together in support of MAPS. In this time of global crisis, MAPS unites world leaders in the commitment to no longer put short-term gain ahead of long-term consequence, recognizing that the needs of the collective are greater than the needs of the individual.
Parvati.org has taken the unprecedented step to create the international Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) Treaty, an addendum to the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea, then translate it into the six official UN languages, send it to all 193 UN member states, and take it to the United Nations’ COP21, 22 and 23. Samoa has signed the MAPS Treaty and other countries are now finalizing their own plans to sign the Treaty. With the signatures of 99 countries, MAPS enters into force.
Fittingly, the presentation took place on International Day of Yoga. The true meaning of yoga as union is the founding principle for Parvati’s all-volunteer not-for-profit Parvati.org. Inspired by its founder, everyone at Parvati.org performs selfless service, or karma yoga, to create MAPS. “The karma yogi knows that to serve another is to serve oneself, as there is no real separation between us,” says Parvati. “The summer solstice reminds us that Nature interconnects us all. The Arctic Ocean may seem far away, but what happens in the Arctic affects all life on Earth. With the ice melting quickly, it’s now our turn to give back to Nature and safeguard the Arctic Ocean ”
Next up for Parvati this summer is the release of her pop song and video Ocean Anthem, to inspire people around the world to protect our oceans. With a video produced by volunteers, Ocean Anthem is the heart song of karma yogis and Nature lovers everywhere.