Yoga practitioners of all levels around the world are invited to be part of a transformative movement for a peaceful, healthy planet.
MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, creates the biggest peace park in history: the entire Arctic Ocean north of the Arctic Circle. It’s a profoundly effective way to keep our planet cool, stop natural disasters, prevent food and water shortages globally and avert mass extinction.
For millions of years, long before humans ever walked on Earth, the ice of the Arctic Ocean has protected our world. But today, it’s vanishing fast, putting all life at risk. With MAPS, we can protect this critical ecosystem before it’s too late.
MAPS was sparked by the award-winning Canadian yogini and musician Parvati, who gave the northernmost musical performance ever when she traveled to the North Pole to raise awareness of the melting polar ice. Everyone she met in the Arctic urged her to tell the south the ice was melting, animals were dying and people were suffering. After she returned, she founded the all-volunteer, Canadian and American charitable organization Parvati.org, whose goal is a healthy world. Its first order of business is MAPS.
“Today’s threats to the Arctic Ocean are greatly underreported,” says Parvati. “I saw a problem causing immense global suffering—and it is getting worse every day. I could not look away, any more than I could ignore an injured part of my own body. Since we are all affected by it, we can all be part of the solution. ”
Parvati.org has made tremendous strides to realize MAPS, including an international treaty which has already begun to be signed by the nations of the world. MAPS has also been endorsed by environmental luminaries such as renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall and revered oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, as well as the ecological activist Julia Butterfly Hill. Now, Parvati.org is empowering the yoga community to become leaders for MAPS with guided classes and supporting materials from posters to presentations to music.
The word yoga literally means union. “Yoga was integral to my trip to the North Pole,” says Parvati. “It shows us that we are all connected. What I do affects you. What you do affects me. We breathe the same air; we rely on the same Earth. What happens in the Arctic affects us all. I felt the urgency to give voice to what was happening and why it matters. It was an expression of karma yoga, the yoga of action. In the same way, MAPS is also an expression of karma yoga. So the yoga community, hundreds of millions strong, is a natural voice for MAPS. To speak up for MAPS is to speak up for peace, compassion and interconnection.”
“Today, Nature and people worldwide are hurting, heating and agitated. Let’s unite as yogis for MAPS and give our world the sanctuary it needs. Together, we can make a massive difference for all life everywhere.”
Find out more about YOGIS UNITE at yogisunitemaps.org.
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.
The oceans connect us and give us life. They cover over 72% of our world’s surface. They produce 70% of the oxygen we breathe—more than all the rainforests combined. They are a key food provider, being the top source of protein for over a billion people. And the places where they meet the land are home for the majority of people on Earth.
All life on this planet began in the oceans. Reminding us where we came from, our physical bodies are more than 50% water. Our dependence on water is total. But today, the oceans are in grave trouble. Their distress increases every moment. We may choose to look the other way, but we remain inescapably connected with them. Their demise is our very own.
Pollution, ship noise and overfishing have devastated marine life. The magnificent whales, whose very presence benefits our world’s ecosystems through the whale pump effect, are endangered. The ocean’s currents are being shifted by runoff from ice that was never meant to thaw. As ocean water changes, our food sources move, as do our critical weather patterns. The rains we expect may not come, or come in floods. The sunshine we expect may no longer be enjoyable but scorching and dangerous. As such, even while our population increases, scientists expect food crop yields to diminish in the coming years.
For millions of years, the polar ice caps have stabilized the planet’s weather so that we have the food and water we need to survive. But they are melting fast. There is 75% less Arctic ice in the summer than there was just 50 years ago. Parts of the Arctic Ocean are now 4C hotter than they should be. Scientists say the Arctic is in a “death spiral”. The more its ice melts, the warmer our world gets. And the warmer our world gets, the more the ice melts. This is an underreported planetary emergency. And it has ramifications for all life on Earth, including us. We no longer have the luxury to think of ourselves as separate from any aspect of Nature or any part of the world. People far from the Arctic, who have done nothing to support its melt, will see their homes swallowed up by the sea and their fields unable to grow food. The reality of our shared situation is a call to open our minds and hearts and act now for ourselves, and the good of all.
Another sobering reminder of our need to act is the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal of establishing ten per cent of the world’s oceans as marine protected areas by 2020. To date, the world’s political will has not catalyzed around even this very modest goal. With just two years to go, we sit at about three per cent. Yet strong scientific consensus states the need to protect thirty per cent. Award-winning biologist Edward O. Wilson contends we must go much further, and dedicate fully half the Earth to conservation areas in order to stop mass extinction. There is no longer time for anything but ambitious and immediate action to protect life on Earth for generations to come.
The problem is huge. But there is a simple solution that stops the melting ice and protects our oceans. MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, declares the entire 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. By taking Arctic oil off the table, it compels a global shift to renewables. MAPS alone will almost double the current amount of marine protected areas in the world. And it places that conservation where it is most urgently needed for the sake of life on Earth. In addition, MAPS compels the leadership of the entire world to place our collective long-term good ahead of short-term individual gain. There is no other initiative that so boldly and comprehensively responds to so many issues facing our world today.
MAPS has the endorsement of global luminaries. Dr Jane 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 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.”
The renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle says, “The next ten years is likely to be the most important time in the next 10,000 years. We have options that we are going to lose within ten years unless we take action now. Every day options close, and this is particularly true in the Arctic. The Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary is an idea whose time has come, and I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the people behind these efforts.”
The path to MAPS is clear. The Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary Treaty is an addendum to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea that enters into force with the signatures of 99 UN member nations. Samoa has already signed the Treaty and several other nations are finalizing plans to sign now. MAPS is more than possible. Now it needs people like you and me to demand it of our world leaders.
World Oceans Day is June 8. This year, please take a moment for the Arctic, for its ocean literally holds the fate of the planet. Sign and share the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary petition at Parvati.org and write to your head of government to ask them to ratify the MAPS Treaty. When we protect the Arctic Ocean, we are protecting every ocean on Earth and every being that depends on them—including ourselves.
Parvati Devi is an award-winning Canadian musician, yogini, activist and author who is the founder of Parvati.org, working to establish the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary for the sake of all life on Earth.
April 3, 2018 – For Immediate Release
Wendy Benchley, a renowned global voice for protecting sharks and safeguarding our seas, has joined the SIGNMAPS Coalition as a supporter of the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS).
In a time when the UN is still well short of its target to protect just ten per cent of the world’s oceans, MAPS protects three per cent in a single international agreement. MAPS also stops all activity in the Arctic Ocean that harms the melting polar ice, our planet’s air conditioner, and ensures the regeneration of this essential ecosystem.
“Over the past forty years we have witnessed the wholesale destruction of Earth’s fragile marine ecosystems, including collapsing fisheries, massive coral reef die-offs, mega-ton piles of plastic pollution, and vast oxygen-choked dead zones across all corners of our blue planet,” says Benchley. “This destruction coupled with the powerful systemic pressures of climate change, which are rapidly warming the global ocean—accelerating both sea level rise and acidification—have created an unprecedented need to protect as much of the ocean as possible to allow our seas to recover and rejuvenate. To this end, we have made progress over the past decade in establishing more than 5,000 MPAs covering more than three per cent of the ocean, but the scientific consensus is that to create a fully sustainable ocean, we need to fully protect at least 30 per cent. That’s a nearly ten-fold difference that must be addressed.
Given this urgency, I strongly support the creation of the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS), which will establish all ocean waters north of the Arctic Circle as a marine protected area, free from oil drilling and all other exploitation by companies and countries—forever.”
To establish MAPS in international law, Parvati.org created the 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.
“Wendy Benchley is a staunch advocate for ocean life, like her late husband Peter Benchley,” says Parvati.org founder Parvati Devi. “Her dedication to our oceans is lifelong, beautiful and inspiring. May all follow her lead and activate for a healthy world, beginning with the Arctic Ocean.”
The SIGNMAPS coalition is a growing group of organizations who agree that we need the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary now. Learn more at signmaps.org.
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.
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, simple and free solution to multiple pressing global issues. It stops all activity in the Arctic Ocean that harms the melting polar ice, our planet’s air conditioner, and ensures the regeneration of this essential ecosystem.
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 and prevents floods, droughts, natural disasters and food shortages worldwide. 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 governments to ratify MAPS immediately.
March 5, 2018 – For Immediate Release
James Michel, former President of the Republic of Seychelles and the Founder and Chair of the James Michel Foundation, has given his support to the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS).
The Arctic Ocean’s vulnerable ecosystem is now at risk of commercial and political exploitation, which threatens to destabilize the region even more. A melted Arctic Ocean cannot maintain the Earth’s climate equilibrium, resulting in more frequent and intense weather events, threatened food production and water supply, poverty, disease, more climate refugees and ever-increasing suffering for all of humanity.
The Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary is an immediate, simple and free solution to multiple pressing global issues. It stops all activity in the Arctic Ocean that harms the melting polar ice, and ensures the regeneration of this essential ecosystem for the sake of all life on Earth.
“It is an honour and a pleasure to commit the full support of the James Michel Foundation to the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS),” says Michel. “In so doing, my Foundation aligns itself unreservedly with other like-minded organisations and individuals whose goals and objectives are to save our planet from both manmade and natural disasters. The Arctic – no matter where we come from and where we live – is the common heritage of all humans. Its fate and future have serious consequences for all of us, not least for Small Islands Developing States (SIDS). We are all too aware of these consequences.”
SIDS nations are particularly vulnerable to the heating of the Arctic Ocean and the loss of the reflective polar ice cap. Rising global ocean temperatures are causing mass bleaching events for coral reefs in tropical waters around the world. As oceans warm, air temperatures also climb and accelerate the melting of land-based ice in the polar regions. The loss of the vast ice sheets cause billions of cubic meters of water to flow into the oceans which contribute to sea-level rise and disrupt the lives of millions in coastal regions and island nations.
“As the polar ice caps melt, our low-lying islands face the imminent threat of being submerged and our people becoming environmental refugees,” says Michel. “Some, for selfish short-term gains and profits, through their reckless activities and actions, are accelerating this process at an alarming rate. We cannot allow this to happen.”
To prevent exploitation of the key climate-regulating Arctic region, Parvati.org created the international MAPS Treaty. The MAPS Treaty prohibits all harmful and risky human activities in the Arctic Ocean including military exercises, commercial shipping, 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.
“We are honoured that President Michel has given his support for MAPS,” says Parvati.org founder Parvati Devi. “Mr. Michel understands that we are all interconnected with the health of our oceans. The James Michel Foundation’s dedication to working together with people all over the world to protect nature is truly inspiring. We are delighted to partner with such an open-hearted statesman to realize MAPS.”
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.
Feb 12, 2018 – For Immediate Release
Unwilling to accept that the fate of our world should rest in the hands of a few powerful people attached to the status quo, the all-volunteer Parvati.org, led by the award-winning Canadian musician Parvati, has a brilliantly simple and effective solution to the global crisis: MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. Championed through the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary Treaty, it overrides outdated provisions in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and ends all exploitation in the Arctic Ocean north of the Arctic Circle. MAPS stabilizes the melting polar ice and compels a global shift to renewable energy. The first of 99 nations has signed the Treaty: Samoa.
From the remote, forbidding icy reaches of the Arctic to the lapping tropical waters around the South Pacific islands, we are all connected. The loss of ice in the Arctic, called a “death spiral” by scientists, is linked with sea level rise that threatens to engulf these islands. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi of Samoa knows what is at stake. Having repeatedly called on world leaders to take action to stop the Pacific Islands from drowning, he has now signed the MAPS Treaty and issued this strong statement:
“Samoa is pleased to support the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) Treaty. For us, this Treaty along with the Oceans Pathway reflects the richness of the oceans in biodiversity and their significant role in regulating temperatures, as well as the need to protect our planet’s cooling system so as to stabilize climate and sea levels. Small island states like Samoa which are on the front lines of the impacts of climate change see MAPS as a realizable solution to addressing pivotal climate change issues.”
Today, much of the Arctic Ocean is unprotected under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which allows coastal states to exploit all natural resources within 200 nautical miles or more from their coastlines. That’s why Parvati.org created the MAPS Treaty as an addendum to the UNCLOS that protects all Arctic Ocean waters north of the Arctic Circle, regardless of jurisdiction. 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.
In 2010, with the support of fans and well-wishers from around the world, Parvati travelled to the North Pole to give the northernmost musical performance ever, in order to raise awareness of the melting polar ice. Her first-hand experience of the beauty and vulnerability of the High Arctic led her to found Parvati.org in 2014 in response to the threat of seismic testing in the vulnerable Arctic Ocean ecosystem.
Globally respected scientific luminaries such as Dr. Jane Goodall and Dr. Sylvia Earle are among the growing chorus of voices calling for this sanctuary which was born from the deep desire to be of service to our hurting world. Dr. Goodall says, “It is hugely important to establish the proposed Sanctuary.” Dr. Earle says MAPS is “an idea whose time has come”. Leading biologist Dr. E. O. Wilson calls for 50% of the Earth to become conservation areas to prevent mass extinction. MAPS creates the biggest marine protected area in history, an immediate and powerful solution to the unprecedented threat facing our planet today.
Please be part of the change our world needs. Sign and share the MAPS petition at https://parvati.org, and call on your government to ratify the MAPS Treaty immediately.
As I write this update, my heart is full of gratitude to you. Together, we have made 2017 the best year yet. MAPS: the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary is closer than ever. Let’s celebrate the holidays with a fabulous roundup of our successes for the planet this year.
WE ARE 3 YEARS OLD
December 14, 2017 marked our third birthday! Three years ago, a small core group of us incorporated the not-for-profit Parvati.org to stop the planned seismic testing off Clyde River in Canada’s Arctic. With love for our planet, we volunteered countless hours and our personal savings. We realized our world needs bold and decisive action to protect all life. So we created the MAPS proposal, which became a global treaty making a vital addendum to the outdated United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea. Then we spread the word. You helped us with donations, petition signatures and supported us every step of the way. We could not do this without you!
THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA STOPS SEISMIC TESTING
Happily, whales and narwhals in Canada’s Arctic are safe this holiday from the devastating blast of seismic testing. Did you know that the sound of a seismic airgun is 100,000 times louder than the sound of a jet engine? Oil and gas companies use airguns to blast the ocean floor every 10 seconds, 24 hours a day. We rallied together as one family, knowing that we could not let this happen. Together, our urgent calls for a safe planet were heard. The plans for seismic testing off Clyde River were paused for two years – and now they have been quashed for good by the Supreme Court of Canada!
A NEW MARINE PARK IS BORN
When we discovered expired Shell oil lease permits in Canada’s Arctic, we allied with Greenpeace and WWF and brought this shocking revelation to light. In so doing, we sparked a national outcry for change. Shell has finally relinquished all claim to the sensitive Lancaster Sound area and the Tallurutiup Imanga/Lancaster Sound marine park is now going ahead, paving the way for the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary.
PARVATI.ORG GOES GLOBAL
What started off as a few friends volunteering time to support a healthy world, has gone global. The amazingly selfless and broadhearted MAPS team of volunteers includes people from Serbia, Ghana, Uganda, India, Pakistan, England, Canada, USA, Mexico and France, proving that MAPS matters to all life on Earth.
In 2017, we were overjoyed to welcome Sally Ranney to Parvati.org’s Board of Advisors. Sally deeply understands the urgent necessity of MAPS. She is the co-founder of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network, and the president of the American Renewable Energy Institute.
THE SIGNMAPS COALITION ACTIVATES
Luminaries in science and ecology like Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Louie Psihoyos, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Julia Butterfly Hill and more agree: we need MAPS now. Organizations from all over the world were moved in 2017 to step up to endorse MAPS and help get the urgent word out.
COMMERCIAL FISHING IS BANNED
Ten countries have come together to keep fishing out of the Arctic high seas for the next 16 years. It’s a great beginning! We have been calling on these nations to end commercial fishing in the Arctic permanently with MAPS. We can now build on this success.
PARVATI.ORG RECEIVES UNITED NATIONS DESIGNATION
In 2017 we have been accredited by the United Nations and given presentations on the importance of MAPS at several key United Nations events. We are meeting with presidents and prime ministers and doing everything we can on the front lines to see that MAPS becomes realized now. Your donations make it possible for our all-volunteer team to help UN member nations understand the urgency for MAPS.
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May it be a happy and peaceful 2018 for the Arctic, for our oceans, and for us all.
With love for a healthy planet,
Founder and CEO
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.