MAPS Will Prevent Oil and Gas Leaks in the Arctic Ocean.

April 18, 2017 – For Immediate Release

Recent oil and methane gas leaks under ice-covered Alaskan waters underscore the fact that drilling has no place in the Arctic Ocean. From late December until April 13, 2017, hundreds of thousands of cubic feet of methane spewed every day from an underwater pipeline into Alaska’s Cook Inlet, threatening endangered wildlife including Steller sea lions and beluga and humpback whales.

There is no easy way to stop pipeline leaks in the remote and unforgiving Arctic. Shutting them down puts them at risk of taking in water, freezing and rupturing. Heavy ice cover and strong tides in Cook Inlet made it impossible to send divers to assess the damaged pipeline lying 80 feet deep on the seabed floor. Only last Thursday, after tens of millions of cubic feet of methane gas had been released into a vulnerable ecosystem, were divers able to install a clamp on the pipeline to stop the leak. No one knows the short-term or long-term damage to the environment and wildlife that this leak has triggered. But what is absolutely clear is that we need MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, immediately.

“Undertaking projects with the potential to do terrible damage to our planet, and without fail safes, is not only environmentally unsound. It neglects common sense: don’t make a mess if you cannot clean it up,” says Parvati Devi, the founder of the Canadian not-for-profit Parvati.org working to establish MAPS. “We need to be responsible citizens of the Earth and realize that our bottom line is a healthy planet. Oil and gas drilling have no place in the vulnerable Arctic, which is already severely taxed in its role of keeping the planet cool. MAPS ensures all life on Earth, including endangered Arctic wildlife, can continue to thrive.”  

As an immediate, simple and effective solution to protect the Arctic for the sake of the entire planet, Parvati.org created the international MAPS Treaty, translated it into the six official UN languages, and distributed it to the heads of government of all 193 member nations of the UN for their formal endorsement. The treaty takes effect with the signatures of 99 countries. MAPS designates the ocean north of the Arctic Circle as an international marine conservation area, precluding all commercialization, industrialization, and militarization in this delicate environment.

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 MAPS immediately.

Oceanic Preservation Society Director Louie Psihoyos Endorses Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary

April 10, 2017 – For Immediate Release

Academy Award winning director and Executive Director of the Oceanic Preservation Society, Louie Psihoyos (The Cove/Racing Extinction), has added his support to the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS).

“The Arctic Ocean ecosystem is unique and diverse, home to many species under threat,” says Psihoyos. “The Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary is an essential way to protect this ecosystem and give threatened populations a chance to recover.”

Sea ice is essential for the survival of many Arctic ecosystems, providing important habitats as well as a resting place for marine mammals like polar bears and seals. But it is disappearing quickly, causing the planet’s oceans to absorb ever more heat from the sun, with serious global consequences. For the sake of life in the Arctic and, indeed, all life on the planet, we need MAPS immediately. MAPS is a unique solution to protect Arctic sea ice and the species that rely on it by prohibiting all forms of exploitation in ocean waters north of the Arctic Circle and allowing the sea ice to regenerate.

To expedite the realization of MAPS, Canadian not-for-profit Parvati.org drafted the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary Treaty. The MAPS Treaty has been translated into all official UN languages, sent to all 193 UN member states, and taken to COP 21 and 22. The Treaty takes effect with the signatures of 99 countries. The MAPS Treaty is an essential addendum to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). UNCLOS as it stands permits Arctic coastal states to exploit natural and living resources within their exclusive economic zones.

“We are deeply honoured that Louie Psihoyos has given his support for MAPS,” says Parvati.org founder Parvati Devi. “The Cove and Racing Extinction have awakened many to the dire situation facing many species on the planet at this time. To protect the key and vulnerable Arctic ecosystem, and help marine mammal populations regenerate along with the polar ice, we need MAPS now.”

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 MAPS immediately.

 

Polar Ice Helps Millions Breathe Better. Just Another Reason We Need MAPS.

April 3, 2017 – For Immediate Release

Dwindling Arctic sea ice is causing problems all over the world, including severe global weather events like changes in average rain patterns leading to floods or droughts, more intense storms, heat waves and wildfires. Now, researchers have uncovered another devastating effect: increased air pollution in eastern China. It’s just another reason the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) is so urgently needed to help the polar ice regenerate.

In the winter of 2013, Beijing and other eastern Chinese cities became blanketed in a heavy smog that forced school, highways, and airports to close and contributed to at least 90,000 deaths. The culprit? Melting Arctic sea ice. In the fall of 2012, record lows of sea ice preceded high snowfalls across Siberia, which altered weather patterns in eastern China. Monsoon wind currents that normally ventilate eastern China were pushed towards Japan instead, leaving eastern China with stagnant air that accumulated hazardous particulate matter.

“We are all interconnected. The health of the Arctic sea ice affects us all, in more ways than we may yet realize,” says Parvati.org founder Parvati Devi. “For the sake of everyone and every living thing on the planet, MAPS must be realized immediately.”

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. The whole world community must come together in support of the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary.

MAPS establishes the Arctic Ocean north of the Arctic Circle as a permanent international marine protected area free from commercial fishing, natural resource exploitation, seismic testing, military activity and through shipping traffic. It compels a faster shift to renewable energy, helps the melting polar ice (and endangered marine mammal populations there) to regenerate, and stabilizes the weather patterns that make our planet livable.

Citizens of all nations are urged to sign and share the MAPS petition at https://parvati.org.

Narwhals Need Arctic Sea Ice. So Do Humans. That’s Why We Need MAPS.

March 27, 2017 – For Immediate Release

Less ice and more noise in the Arctic Ocean means big trouble for narwhals, the Arctic-dwelling whales, lovingly dubbed “unicorn of the sea” for their long, spiraling tusks. The melting ice is changing the Arctic ecosystem, bringing orcas much farther north to prey on narwhals in waters that used to be safe. Meanwhile, increased noise in the Arctic Ocean from seismic testing vessels, military exercises, and shipping traffic stands to deafen and disorient these sonically sensitive animals, while placing the ice – and our climate – at ever-increasing risk.

The Arctic sea ice is crucial for balanced global weather patterns and sea levels. For the sake of the narwhals, and for all life on Earth, we need the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary now.

The Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) is an essential intervention to help stop climate change and species loss by protecting the vulnerable Arctic ecosystem. It declares all Arctic Ocean waters north of the Arctic Circle an international marine protected area, free from seismic testing, oil exploration, commercial fishing, military buildup, through shipping traffic and other harmful actions.

The Arctic Ocean has global ramifications. That’s why Parvati.org’s all-volunteer staff created the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary Treaty pursuant to the United Nations Law of the Sea, and is in communication with the 193 member-states of the United Nations to ratify the treaty by the end of 2018.

“We no longer live in an era with the luxury to consider one isolated region separate from the whole,” says Parvati.org founder Parvati Devi. “What happens in the Arctic affects us all. We must safeguard the Arctic Ocean and its rich biodiversity, including the narwhals, before it is too late. Protecting the fragile Arctic ecosystem keeps our entire planet cool, and our weather patterns and global crop growth in balance. This must be an urgent priority for everyone on Earth.”

Citizens of all nations are invited to sign the MAPS petition at https://parvati.org.

The Arctic protects us 24/7. This #EarthHour, take a moment to protect it.

Earth Hour is happening right now across the world. From 8:30-9:30pm in each time zone, people shut off lights and consider how we can reduce our energy footprint to help stop climate change.

24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, for millennia, the Arctic Ocean polar ice helps to keep the planet cool and our climate regulated. But now, the ice is melting fast and under more threat every day.

Before you power down your devices for Earth Hour, take a moment to right-click, save and share one of these images to help spread the word about the need for MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. 

If you have not already, please sign and share the MAPS petition.

Together, we can keep our planet and all living things healthy.

Thank you!

Dr. Jane Goodall Endorses Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary

March 16, 2017 – For Immediate Release

The esteemed scientist and UN Messenger of Peace, Dr. Jane Goodall, has added her support to the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS).

“Humans have the most highly developed intellect of any species yet in the name of progress we are exploiting the natural resources of our planet and destroying the complex web of life with no thought for future generations,” Dr. Goodall says. “The oceans are not only rich in biodiversity, but also play a major role in regulating temperatures: we continue harming and polluting them at our peril. It is thus hugely important to establish the proposed Sanctuary for preserving the unique arctic flora and fauna and thus helping to slow down climate change at this critical time.”

MAPS is the only global initiative that addresses the urgent need to protect the earth’s very own cooling system – the Arctic ice cap – in order to stabilize the planet’s climate and sea levels. Arctic sea ice has protected humanity for thousands of years by keeping the earth cool and must be left alone to regenerate as we transition to sustainable solutions for energy. To prevent this key climate-regulating region from becoming exploited, which would only exacerbate extreme weather phenomena and worrisome social issues around the world, Parvati.org created the international MAPS Treaty. The MAPS Treaty has been translated into all official UN languages, provided to all 193 UN member states, and been shared with officials at COP21 and COP22.

“We are deeply and humbly grateful for Dr. Goodall’s support for MAPS and for her lifelong, exceptional work in helping people understand the value of nature,” says Parvati.org founder, Canadian musician, yogi and activist Parvati Devi. “The Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary Treaty is an essential intervention in the climate crisis we face, while preserving the Arctic’s rich flora and fauna, and all life on earth.”

MAPS: The Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary must be realized to protect our planet today, and for generations to come.

Greenland Ice is Disappearing Fast. Declare MAPS Now.

March 2, 2017 – For Immediate Release

A historical monument from the last ice age, Greenland’s ice sheet has long withstood the test of time, until now. It is melting fast. As NASA’s Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) program calculates just how drastic the consequences will be on coastal cities around the world, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) must be declared immediately to slow the rate of glacial melt.

Global sea level rise is one of the major environmental challenges of this century. Key cities around the world, including New York, Shanghai, Amsterdam, Rio de Janeiro and Mumbai, face serious impact unless bold and urgent action is taken to limit global warming and its consequential ice sheet melt. But so far, that hasn’t happened. The Greenland ice sheet contains 10 percent of the world’s reserves of fresh water in frozen form. If it goes, it could add 7.36 metres (over 24 feet) to sea level rise globally.

“MAPS declares our global commitment to sustainable energies by saying no to the unburnable oil resources in the Arctic. Extracting Arctic oil would release tons of carbon into the atmosphere, further accelerating the climatic warming that has already reached critical levels,” says Parvati.org founder, musician, activist and author Parvati Devi. “Keeping these reserves buried in the seabed will help keep our planet cool while taking stress off this vulnerable region. MAPS helps the Greenland ice sheet – and all Arctic polar ice – stay intact and regenerate, protecting coastal cities and their inhabitants from rising seas, and reducing the number of climate change refugees.”

Canadian not-for-profit Parvati.org created the international MAPS Treaty, translated it into the six official UN languages, and distributed it to the heads of government of all 193 member nations of the UN for their formal endorsement. The treaty takes effect with the signatures of 99 countries. MAPS designates the ocean north of the Arctic Circle as an international marine conservation area, precluding all commercialization, industrialization, and militarization in this delicate environment.

“We no longer live in an era when we have the luxury to consider one isolated region as if it were separate from the whole,” says Parvati. “The effects of Greenland’s melting ice sheet will be felt around the world. For the sake of all life on the planet, we must declare the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary immediately.”

Parvati.org calls on everyone to sign the MAPS petition and call on their heads of government to ratify the MAPS Treaty. The opportunity, and the urgency, are unparalleled.

10 Million Wind-Powered Pumps To Refreeze Arctic Sea Ice? Just Declare MAPS Instead.

February 21, 2017 – For Immediate Release

Canadian not-for-profit Parvati.org says there is no need for exorbitantly costly £400bn plans to refreeze Arctic ice (The Guardian, February 12, 2017) when there is already such a simple, immediate and cost-effective solution – the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. MAPS protects the Arctic Ocean from all exploitation, allowing its ice to regenerate and continue to keep the earth cool.

Scientists are rightly concerned about the rapidly melting Arctic Ocean. The loss of the Arctic’s sea ice destroys a pristine and incredibly diverse habitat, endangering many species from Arctic coral reefs and Greenland sharks to cod and polar bears. It also triggers further global warming by removing ice that reflects solar radiation back into space, melts permafrost, releasing more carbon gases into the atmosphere, and disrupts weather patterns around the globe.

But controversial and complex geoengineering techniques, such as blocking sunlight from arriving on the planet to hold down temperatures, or attempting to refreeze Arctic ice through the use of 10 million wind-powered pumps, are an expensive gamble at best. The fact that such schemes are even being considered publicly, reveals just how desperately concerned scientists are about the loss of Arctic sea ice.

The obvious solution is to declare the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. MAPS establishes the Arctic Ocean north of the Arctic Circle as a permanent international marine protected area free from commercial fishing, natural resource exploitation, seismic testing, military activity and through shipping traffic. Canadian not-for-profit Parvati.org created the international MAPS Treaty, translated it into the six official UN languages, and distributed it to the heads of government of all 193 member nations of the UN for their formal endorsement. The treaty takes effect with the signatures of 99 countries.

“MAPS stabilizes the planet’s climate and sea levels by protecting the Arctic ice cap, which is the earth’s cooling system,” says Parvati.org founder, musician, activist and author Parvati Devi. “To protect the vulnerable Arctic environment, we must take action that is in harmony with nature. We must respect the ecosystems that give us life, and make wise amends for the consequences of our pollution and greed. The simplest and most effective way is the declaration of MAPS, which protects the Arctic Ocean so that the ice may regenerate.”

Parvati.org calls on everyone to sign the MAPS petition and call on their heads of government to ratify the MAPS Treaty. There is no more time to delay. The time for MAPS is now.

Declare MAPS Now To Keep The Arctic Ocean Conflict-Free

February 8, 2017 – For Immediate Release

The rapidly melting Arctic sea ice is turning the peaceful Arctic Ocean into a potential conflict zone, with countries positioning themselves to take economic and strategic advantage. The Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) must be declared immediately to protect this vulnerable climate-regulating region.

Due to its impenetrable ice, the Arctic Ocean has been off limits to exploitation and militarization. But global warming is changing this historic status quo. Instead of taking urgent action to protect the essential sea ice that keeps the entire planet cool, a game of geopolitical one-upmanship is brewing over the hydrocarbon deposits in the region, with Russia making the first aggressive move.

Russia has launched its biggest military buildup in the Arctic since the end of the cold war, and is building three new nuclear icebreakers to bolster its fleet. No other country has a nuclear breaker fleet for the Arctic Ocean. Not to be outdone, the United States Department of Defence has recently updated its military strategy for the protection of its “national security interests” in the Arctic region. The buildup comes at a time of multiple overlapping territorial claims in the area.

Business and military activity in the vulnerable Arctic Ocean ecosystem threatens the whole world. Arctic ice is critical in keeping the planet cool to maintain clean water, healthy crops and the balanced weather we need worldwide. The Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary is urgently needed to prevent disaster. MAPS establishes the Arctic Ocean north of the Arctic Circle as a permanent international marine protected area free from commercial fishing, natural resource exploitation, seismic testing, military activity and through shipping traffic. Canadian not-for-profit Parvati.org created the international MAPS Treaty, translated it into the six official UN languages, and distributed it to the heads of government of all 193 member nations of the UN for their formal endorsement. The treaty takes effect with the signatures of 99 countries.

“MAPS formalizes the Arctic Ocean’s status as an international park. In addition, MAPS allows Arctic sea ice to reform, which is critical for healthy global climate systems,” says Parvati.org founder, musician, activist and author Parvati Devi. “Now is the time for world leaders to demonstrate bold, global-minded leadership that surpasses mere national concerns, and unite to declare the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary for the benefit of all.”

Parvati.org calls on everyone to sign the MAPS petition and call on their heads of government to ratify the MAPS Treaty. The opportunity, and the urgency, are unparalleled.

2016: Third Straight Year Of Record Heat. Declare MAPS Now To Keep The Earth Cool.

January 30, 2017 – For Immediate Release

As we officially record the third consecutive year of record heat on the planet, we can no longer play dice with our ecosystem. Canadian not-for-profit Parvati.org calls on all world leaders to immediately implement a simple and effective brake on the unprecedented rise in global temperatures: declare the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS). MAPS places the Arctic Ocean off limits to exploitation so Arctic sea ice can regenerate and continue to keep the earth cool. MAPS is the only global initiative that addresses the urgent need to protect the earth’s very own cooling system – the Arctic ice cap – in order to stabilize the planet’s climate and sea levels.

The World Meteorological Organization has issued a stark warning about melting Arctic sea ice, concluding, “The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the global average. The persistent loss of sea ice is driving weather, climate and ocean circulation patterns in other parts of the world.”¹

The global implications of such dramatic changes are enormous. Ice-free Arctic waters absorb, instead of reflect, solar radiation, raising the temperature of already warm waters and melting more ice. As Arctic sea ice disappears, massive amounts of frozen methane contained in offshore permafrost are released. 23 times more powerful a greenhouse gas than CO2, this methane has the potential to drastically accelerate climate change if not kept contained.

Even as Arctic sea ice recedes at such an alarming rate, the Arctic Ocean is at increasing risk from exploitative commercial and political interests that threaten to contribute to further warming and ice loss. Recognizing the critical need to urgently protect Arctic sea ice, in late 2015 Parvati.org created the international Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) Treaty, translated into the six official UN languages, and distributed to the heads of government of all UN member nations. MAPS designates the ocean north of the Arctic Circle as an international marine protected area, precluding all commercialization, industrialization, and militarization in this delicate environment.

“The Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary is an immediate and effective solution to multiple pivotal climate crisis issues,” says Parvati.org founder, Canadian musician, activist and author Parvati Devi. “MAPS goes beyond the immediate value of protecting the fragile Arctic ecosystem, which is key to keeping our entire planet cool. It goes beyond caring for our oceans and ocean life, which are essential for the future of humanity. MAPS is also a catalyst for a collective shift to a more sustainable future, uniting world leaders in agreement that short-term gain for some, must no longer be put ahead of long-term consequence for all.”

Parvati.org is asking the public to sign its petition calling on world leaders to endorse the MAPS Treaty. 2016 is officially the hottest year on record, with serious repercussions already evident around the world. There is no more time to delay – the time for MAPS is now.

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