Parvati.org Members Available for Comment at COP23

November 8, 2017

BONN, Germany – The 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is an essential time for countries to come together and affirm the common good of all by ratifying the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) Treaty.

Parvati.org, the proponent of the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary Treaty, is available for comment.

WHAT: Media availability from COP23

WHEN: November 6 – 17, 2017

WHO: Darcy Belanger, Director of Strategic Initiatives
dbelanger@parvati.org +1 720 541 0488

WHERE: Bonn, Germany

POWERWALLS IN PUERTO RICO AND WHY IT MATTERS

Crisis calls us to step out of our status quo mindset and meet the needs of the moment with compassion, courage and forward thinking. The communities devastated by September 2017’s monster hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria are among the latest examples of this call. One of the most significant responses comes in the form of Tesla’s solar energy.

Hurricane Irma edged past the tiny American island territory of Puerto Rico, leaving a million people without power, but leaving the island functional enough to serve as a base for relief efforts to other harder-hit islands in the vicinity. Then, two weeks later, Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico directly at just below Category 5 intensity, destroying much of the island’s infrastructure and leaving the entire population without electricity.

The effect has been catastrophic and is still unfolding, as relief efforts scramble to get food, water, fuel and supplies to people cut off by washed-out roads. Hospitals and nursing homes barely manage to keep the lights on with gas-powered generators to deliver the most essential care. Millions of lives are at risk from the heat, and from waterborne diseases such as cholera. The situation is dire.

Rebuilding the electrical grid will take months. Until roads are rebuilt, many areas will not even be accessible for electrical workers. Conventional solutions are too slow to address the urgent need.

That’s where Tesla has stepped in. In the short term, this maker of electric cars, batteries and solar panels is bringing in hundreds of its Powerwall batteries to the island. These batteries are built to store solar power for homes. Tesla also has workers on the island to repair or install solar panels. With this, people do not need to wait for the electrical grid to be rebuilt. They can start immediately to regain power to their homes.

In the long term, Tesla has extended the offer to rebuild Puerto Rico’s entire electrical grid for solar. It has already built solar infrastructure for other smaller islands such as Samoa, and the governor of Puerto Rico has responded to Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk with “@elonMusk Let’s talk. Do you want to show the world the power and scalability of your #TeslaTechnologies? PR could be that flagship project.”

There can be no minimizing the devastation that Puerto Rico faces or its urgent need for assistance. The situation is simply so dire that “leapfrog” solutions such as a total solar rebuild become even more feasible than any attempt to restore the status quo.

Similarly, our global situation is dire. Natural disasters are on the rise. As the polar ice melts, the oceans are heating up, fueling hurricanes. Monstrous storms like Irma and Maria will become increasingly common and leave devastation in their wake, until we take action. That is why Parvati.org is committed to the realization of the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) by the end of 2018. MAPS establishes all ocean waters north of the Arctic Circle as a marine protected area, free from oil drilling and all other exploitation. It safeguards the polar ice, keeps our weather patterns balanced and compels a shift to sustainable energy.

“We need to think on much bigger scales and much more ambitious timelines to keep our planet safe and healthy,” says Parvati.org founder Parvati. “We no longer have the luxury to work incrementally towards urgently needed protection. MAPS is not an end goal, but a baseline necessity. Thank you Elon Musk for your forward thinking vision, and for what you are doing for Puerto Rico and the planet. May the world be inspired to swiftly make the essential pivot to renewables.”

As The Ice Melts, Disasters Are On The Rise. We Need MAPS Now.

October 2, 2017 – For Immediate Release

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 leading to disasters globally. Time is running out to establish the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary to protect all life on Earth, while there is still enough ice to regenerate.

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, and ensures the regeneration of this essential ecosystem. It is a free, 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 and UNGA 72.

Citizens of all nations are urged to sign and share the MAPS petition at http://parvati.org, and to call on their governments to ratify the MAPS Treaty immediately.

As UN General Assembly Opens, Parvati.org Speaks at 300×2050 Launch

September 18, 2017 – For Immediate Release

As the UN General Assembly opens in New York City, a new environmental initiative is kicking off – and Parvati.org is playing a role.

The new innovative online funding platform 300×2050 is launching an initiative to identify, fund and achieve Climate Restoration. With the support of The Be Earth Foundation, a UN Intergovernmental Organization and The Healthy Climate Alliance, 300×2050 celebrated the launch of this new funding initiative by hosting a breakfast and expert panel discussion about key issues related to Climate Restoration—and the impact this pursuit would have on business, governments, the UN and the future of humanity.

Parvati.org’s legal counsel, Vandana Erin Ryder, was part of the expert panel discussion at the SDG Media Zone in the UN Plaza, discussing how the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) addresses multiple climate and conservation issues in a single, cost-free and immediately realizable solution.

“It was an honour to participate in the 300×2050 breakfast and speak to the importance and value of MAPS to an informed and motivated audience,” says Ryder. “We all have the shared goal of a healthy planet. There is no doubt that with forward thinking and bold action, we can avert a great deal of catastrophe and suffering globally. MAPS is an essential and urgently needed intervention.”

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, and ensures the regeneration of this essential ecosystem. It is a free, 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 and COP22.

“The UN General Assembly is a key time to raise the need for MAPS,” says Parvati.org founder Parvati Devi. “We call on all world leaders attending the Assembly to heed the words of the experts who support MAPS. The gathering of so many nations is a golden opportunity for countries to ratify the MAPS Treaty, which – for the sake of all life on Earth – must enter into force while there is still enough polar ice to regenerate.”

Citizens of all nations are urged to sign and share the MAPS petition at http://parvati.org, and to call on their governments to ratify the MAPS Treaty immediately.

OceanCare’s Sigrid Lüber Endorses Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary

September 12, 2017 – For Immediate Release

Sigrid Lüber of OceanCare has added her support to the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS).

“In the past half century, human generated marine noise has doubled every decade in many regions. Shipping is predicted to increase in the Arctic because of climate change. With this will come dramatic increases in marine noise. The Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary will provide a vital quiet zone for marine mammals and other marine life,” says Lüber.

Through research and conservation projects, campaigns, environmental education, and involvement in a range of important international committees, OceanCare undertakes concrete steps to improve the situation for wildlife in the world’s oceans. In 2011, OceanCare was granted Special Consultative Status on marine issues with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Lüber, a founding member and the Director of International Relations of OceanCare, joins luminaries such as Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Louie Psihoyos, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Peter Neill 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 polar ice, and ensures the regeneration of this essential ecosystem. It is a free, 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 and COP22.

“OceanCare is a key player in marine conservation and in reducing ocean noise, recognizing its importance to all life on the planet,” says Parvati.org founder Parvati Devi. “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 http://parvati.org, and to call on their governments to ratify the MAPS Treaty immediately.

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

September 5, 2017 – For Immediate Release

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 polar ice, and ensures the regeneration of this essential ecosystem. It is a free, 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 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 Parvati.org 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 http://parvati.org, and to call on their governments to ratify the MAPS Treaty immediately.

Tallurutiup Imanga/Lancaster Sound Marine Protection Is a Tiny Sliver of the Marine Protection We Need.

Parvati.org, who a year ago brought to national attention the decades-expired Shell oil permits in the area, is glad to see more marine protection happening in Canada’s Arctic. Yet, we are very clear: protection of the Arctic Ocean must happen on a much more massive scale.

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Keeping Arctic Ice Solid Protects Human Health and Safety. We Need MAPS Now.

August 1, 2017 – For Immediate Release

The polar ice of the Arctic Ocean helps maintain balanced global weather patterns which influence food supply, access to clean water, habitable land, and ultimately our very safety. But the ice is melting quickly, exposing a deeply vulnerable ecosystem to the threat of exploitation that would only exacerbate further ice loss. The ramifications would hit poor and underprivileged populations hardest and first. This must not happen. That’s why the volunteers at Parvati.org are working hard to create the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. MAPS is the only global initiative that addresses the urgent need to protect the earth’s cooling system – the Arctic ice cap – in order to stabilize the planet’s climate and sea levels and ensure our healthy future.

MAPS establishes the Arctic Ocean as a permanent international marine protected area free from commercial fishing, natural resource exploitation, seismic testing, military activity and through shipping traffic. The MAPS Treaty has been translated into all six official UN languages, provided to all 193 UN member states, and shared with officials at COP21 and COP22.

“For thousands of years, the Arctic ice cap has reflected the sun’s rays, protecting humanity from an overheated earth. Now, it’s our turn to protect the Arctic Ocean,” says Parvati.org founder Parvati Devi. “We are all interconnected. The health of the Arctic sea ice affects our own health and well-being. For the sake of everyone and every living thing on the planet, MAPS must be realized immediately.”

Citizens of all nations are urged to sign and share the MAPS petition at http://parvati.org, and to call on their governments to ratify the MAPS Treaty immediately.

Parvati.org Celebrates Supreme Court Decision To Stop Seismic Blasting

July 26, 2017 – For Immediate Release

Canadian not-for-profit Parvati.org celebrates the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision today to quash the 2014 permits issued by the National Energy Board for seismic blasting in ecologically-sensitive Baffin Bay and Davis Strait, off Clyde River. This decision is consistent with the Canadian government’s five-year moratorium on oil and gas activity in the Arctic Ocean announced last December by Prime Minister Trudeau. “This was the right decision for the Supreme Court of Canada to make,” says Parvati.org founder Parvati. “Seismic blasting, which harms and kills marine mammals, is senseless in any ocean, but especially in waters that are off-limits to oil and gas exploitation.”

Seismic blasting, the method of choice for oil companies to look for oil and gas reserves buried deep in the ocean floor, poses serious risks to any marine environment, especially one as vulnerable as the Arctic Ocean. It is a violent and traumatic event for whales and other marine animals, subjecting them to incredibly loud sounds, every ten seconds, 24 hours a day, for months on end. Seismic blasting also threatens the way of life for coastal communities who for centuries have relied on subsistence hunting.  

Oil reserves under the Arctic Ocean seabed are unburnable under any scenario that limits global warming to “well below 2º C” as stipulated in the Paris Agreement. If Arctic oil is exploited, tons of carbon stand to be released into the global atmosphere, further accelerating the climatic warming that is already so disastrous for the planet.

The all-volunteer staff of Parvati.org is unanimous that the vulnerable, climate-regulating Arctic ecosystem must be protected immediately from all exploitation. Parvati.org is working to establish the entire ocean north of the Arctic Circle as the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS), a permanent international marine protected area. MAPS will prevent all drilling, fracking, seismic testing, commercial shipping and military activity in this delicate region. Parvati.org created the international Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) Treaty, translated it into the six official UN languages, sent it to all 193 UN member states, and took it to COP 21 and 22.

“The Supreme Court decision is a first step towards the real protection we need immediately for the vulnerable Arctic Ocean ecosystem,” says Parvati. “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must follow up his commitment to protect the Arctic Ocean by signing the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary Treaty, which will stop all seismic blasting and other forms of exploitation there for good. The melting Arctic ice, our global climate regulator that affects all living things, simply will not wait.”

Citizens of all nations are urged to sign and share the MAPS petition at http://parvati.org, and to call on their governments to ratify the MAPS Treaty immediately.

Keep Life On Earth Safe: Declare MAPS Now And Keep Arctic Methane In The Ground.

July 19, 2017 – For Immediate Release

Massive methane deposits under the Arctic Ocean are a ticking time bomb. It’s just one more reason we immediately need MAPS: the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary.

Arctic sea ice protects the permafrost in the ocean floor. But it’s vanishing rapidly, leaving the ocean – and the permafrost beneath it – exposed to warming. Huge amounts of frozen methane in this permafrost stand to be released if we do not reverse the trend of the melting polar ice. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas nearly 25 times as powerful as CO2. Some scientists are concerned that if Arctic sea ice continues its precipitous decline, up to 50 gigatons of methane could be released within a very few years, causing almost instant warming of 1 degree F (0.55C) and accompanying massive repercussions to all life.

The Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) must be declared immediately to protect the Arctic Ocean from exploitation, allow sea ice to regenerate, and ensure dangerous methane remains safely buried in frozen soil.

“For the sake of all life on the planet, we need MAPS immediately,” says Parvati.org founder and CEO Parvati Devi. “We no longer live in an era with the luxury to think of any part of the planet as separate from from the whole. What happens in the Arctic affects us all. If the methane deposits in the Arctic seabed are allowed to erupt, everyone on the planet will be affected. Our world must immediately declare the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, as an urgent and essential act of self-preservation.”

Parvati.org created the international Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) Treaty, translated it into the six official UN languages, sent it to all 193 UN member states, and took it to COP 21 and 22. As the waters in the Arctic become navigable due to the quickly melting polar ice, it is imperative that all countries of the world unite to declare that this vulnerable region will not be subjected to exploitation of any kind.

Citizens of all nations are urged to sign and share the MAPS petition at http://parvati.org, and to call on their governments to ratify the MAPS Treaty immediately.

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