On Earth Day, African Volunteers Take a Strong Stand for the Arctic Ocean

On Earth Day, African Volunteers Take a Strong Stand for the Arctic Ocean

April 22, 2019 – For Immediate Release

On Earth Day, recognizing the critical global importance of a peaceful and pristine Arctic Ocean, volunteers across Africa are taking a strong stand for MAPS–the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary.

As the Earth’s air conditioning and life support system, the Arctic Ocean holds the key to our healthy future. But its ice is melting fast, and exploitative interests seek to exploit newly open waters which will only cause more harm. MAPS is an urgently needed, practical and effective response. It turns the Arctic Ocean into the largest protected area in history, for the sake of life everywhere. It also creates a global shift to sustainability on all levels and inspires a shift from short-term gain for a few to long-term good of all.

The all-volunteer organization, Parvati.org, saw the growing emergency in the Arctic Ocean and took the unprecedented step to draft an international treaty as an addendum to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. The organization’s volunteers translated the MAPS Treaty into all six official languages of the UN and sent it to the leaders of all 193 member states. With the signatures of 99 nations, the Treaty takes effect. It will make all ocean waters north of the Arctic Circle an international peace park, free from exploitation and military activity.

With signatures from 99 countries, the MAPS Treaty enters into force, protecting all life on Earth for generations to come. It has already been signed by Samoa and the Cook Islands. The 54 African nations can immediately tip the scales in favour of MAPS by signing the Treaty en masse.

That’s the purpose behind the multiple Earth Day celebrations being held today in Benin, Kenya and Nigeria. Though African nations have contributed the least to the environmental and humanitarian crisis unfolding in our world, they face some of the most severe effects. And if one passionate team of volunteers have their way, African nations will lead the way to a healthy world with MAPS.

International Youth for MAPS Lead and MAPS Ambassador, Omesa Mokaya, says, “Earth Day is an important day that is meant to show solidarity with environmental conservation and inspire masses to acknowledge and appreciate the ecosystem services that we draw from nature that are requisite for our survival.”

“I am deeply grateful to our MAPS Ambassadors in Africa for their selfless service and dedication to MAPS,” says Parvati.org Founder and CEO, award-winning musician, author, and activist Parvati. “When 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 Ocean but the world. When the voices of people everywhere rise in unison to demand that our leaders sign the MAPS Treaty, MAPS will be declared for the good of all.”

Omesa adds, “I urge every person to act in protecting the only home we have. Planet Earth. All you need to do is to join MAPS Ambassadors across the world who are committed to ensuring MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, is achieved. MAPS offers a myriad of benefits ranging from ecological harmony and social cohesion, to peace and tranquility, that are essential for our existence on Earth. MAPS is a practical response to a complex ecological and humanitarian crisis that will unfold if we watch and do nothing. MAPS is the future of the planet.”

What the Huffington Post Got Wrong about Darcy Belanger, Parvati.org and the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS)

What is the truth about Parvati.org, Darcy Belanger and the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary?

Why was Darcy Belanger on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302?

Was Darcy Belanger trying to stop climate change?

The following article originally published on Huffington Post Canada factually misrepresents Parvati.org, its director of Strategic Initiatives Darcy Belanger, who died aboard ET302, and its founder and CEO Parvati.

Since the Huffington Post editors have told us they will not correct the factual errors in their article, here is the truth.

  • Parvati.org makes no claim to protecting the entire Arctic region. MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, is exclusively focused on the Arctic Ocean, not on any landmass.
  • Parvati.org takes no position on climate change and makes no claim to stopping it.
  • Parvati.org is all-volunteer and self-funded. Darcy Belanger was on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on his own time, and his own funds.
  • Parvati is the founder and CEO of Parvati.org, and the originator of the vision for MAPS.

This is the article as it should have read.

Darcy Belanger Died In The Ethiopian Plane Crash. He Lived To Save Protect The Arctic World.

Parvati Devi,director founder and CEO of Parvati.org, mourns the loss of co-founder Darcy Belanger. She holds a photo of him and his idol Jane Goodall, a MAPS (Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary) supporter.

TORONTO — Darcy Belanger boarded an Ethiopian Airlines flight focused on his life’s mission: Save the Arctic Ocean, our world’s air conditioning system, to ensure all life has the food and water needed to survive. End climate change.

Flight 302 crashed shortly after it took off from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 10, killing the 46-year-old Edmonton native and 156 others on board. He’d never complete his journey to the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, or garner support for the cause he dedicated himself to everyday — the all-volunteer not-for-profit organization Parvati.org and its mandate to establish the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary a marine Arctic peace park through an international treaty.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, his Parvati.org colleagues are spreading this message for him. , repeating like a mantra, “It’s what Darcy would have wanted.”

Darcy Belanger with Jane Goodall, a MAPS supporter.

“He’s the emblem of what one person can do when they have the courage and commitment to the greater good of all,” said Parvati Devi, founder and CEO director of Parvati.org. She, Belanger and a few others joined Parvati to founded Parvati.org it in December 2014 about a decade ago. He was the brother she never had, she said.

“Darcy was on that flight as a messenger for an underreported humanitarian (climate change) crisis that 1,000 children die of every day,” Devi told HuffPost. The Arctic sea ice is our planet’s air conditioner, giving us all the food and water we need to survive. But it’s under threat as never before. Climate change is causing droughts and water shortages, heat waves, floods, and other extreme weather events that disproportionately affect children worldwide, according to UNICEF.

Belanger worked as an executive at a construction company and had recently relocated to Denver, Colorado with his wife, Amie. When he wasn’t working, he was doing yoga, meditating and dedicating long hours and his can-do attitude to Parvati.org and MAPS, supported by a daily meditation practice.the marine park.

“We’re talking about creating the world’s largest protected area in history, and there’s that inner chatter that says, ‘Who am I to do that?'” said Rishi Deva, also a founding member, and Devi’s husband.

When faced with a seemingly-insurmountable challenge, “Darcy would always just be like ‘Yes!’ Because of that, something would shift and everything became possible,” Deva said.

On behalf of Parvati.org, Belanger coordinated 300 volunteers, encouraged heads of government government officials to sign the MAPS Treaty Arctic Ocean treaty, including those from the Cook Islands and Samoa, ran campaigns and attended every UN Climate Change Conference since 2015, on his own time and at his own expense.

Last week, he flew from Denver to Washington D.C. before connecting to the flight to Addis Ababa, and then Nairobi. He was planning to meet for the first time African volunteers who’d been pressing their governments in Nigeria, Benin, Uganda and Kenya to sign the treaty. During his layover in Washington, Belanger posted a video.

“I’ll check in again. I don’t know where I’ll be. Maybe Ethiopia, maybe my final destination, Kenya, but I will keep you posted on the journey. Have a great day, bye,” he said, smiling in the video.

He sat beside John Hagen on the way to Addis Ababa, and spoke about his life, of his mission. “At the end of our flight we shook hands and wished each other well,” Hagen said in a statement. “The last time I saw him, he was walking down the concourse in Terminal 2, clearly happy and excited to be on his way to Nairobi.”

When Belanger didn’t arrive in the Nairobi airport to meet the African delegates, they called Devi, concerned. Soon, they realized he had been was on the flight that had crashed.

“It was a very harrowing Sunday morning, and it’s been harrowing ever since,” Devi said. “We’ve been at the frontlines to truly carry forward the legacy he left. It’s almost like we’re downloading elements of his personality — courage, compassion, interconnection, understanding we are all one Earth family.”

An outpouring of support from environmentalists has followed his death.

“Darcy was exactly the kind of compassionate leader our movement needs and cannot afford to lose,” said Climate Action Network Canada Executive Director Catherine Abreu in a statement.

One of the African delegates he was going to meet, Omesa Samwel Mokaya from Kenya, Nigeria said in a statement, “He inspired all our actions. Now it’s our turn to honor him. To do what he could have wanted us to do if he was here. For humanity, for the planet and for Darcy. I urge everyone to pick the motivation, dust yourself off, put yourself together and do all you can to see that this noble course is achieved.”

Darcy Belanger, Hero for the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, Lost on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302

Parvati.org’s all-volunteer team announces with deep grief that our founding member and Director of Strategic Initiatives, Darcy Belanger, was one of the 18 Canadians who lost their lives on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on March 10, 2019.

Admired for his courage, outstanding achievements, and noble qualities, Darcy was a hero in every sense of the word. He was passionately devoted to the protection of all life through the realization of MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. On March 10, 2019, he died while on his way to serve that goal.

Having taken time off his day job as Director of Professional Development with PCL, Darcy was traveling to Nairobi for the United Nations Environment Assembly. There, he was slated to meet with government officials, media and a growing pan-African volunteer contingent in support of MAPS.

Since supporting the North Pole mission of Canadian musician, activist and author Parvati to raise awareness of the melting polar ice, Darcy selflessly gave all he could to help the world. In 2014, when Parvati became aware of plans for seismic testing in Canada’s Arctic Ocean, Darcy was one of the first to join the cause for MAPS, recognizing the importance of the Arctic Ocean to our collective future. He co-founded Parvati.org and has been on the front lines for MAPS ever since.

For millions of years, the ice of the Arctic Ocean has kept our planet cool. It balances global weather patterns that give us the food and resources we all need to survive. But today it is under threat as never before. MAPS declares the entire Arctic Ocean north of the Arctic Circle a protected area, the largest in history.

On his own time and funds, supported by friends and loved ones who were moved by his courage, Darcy personally brought the MAPS Treaty to COP 21 in Paris, COP 22 in Marrakech, COP 23 in Bonn and COP 24 in Katowice, and UNGA 72 and 73 in New York, as well as to the Climate Action Pacific Partnership last July in Suva, Fiji. He would boldly approach the highest-ranking officials to engage them on MAPS and humbly serve alongside any willing volunteer. His unofficial title within Parvati.org was “quarterback” as he helped move MAPS forward at all levels.

Darcy was truly a champion and a force of nature, one whose passing leaves an unimaginable gap in this work as well as in the lives of his family, friends and colleagues. Yet he also leaves us with a deep determination to honor his legacy of courage, compassion and focus. He dedicated his life to moving MAPS to completion. Our MAPS global family, hundreds strong and all volunteers, is rallying like never before to ensure that all Darcy’s work is seen through to completion.

Supported by Africa Lead Omesa Mokaya locally in Nairobi and General Counsel Vandana Erin Ryder remotely from Vancouver, Parvati.org is attending all meetings Darcy had scheduled at UNEA.

“Darcy was like family to us,” says Omesa. “He inspired all our actions. Now it’s our turn to honor him, to do what he would have wanted us to do. We were at the UNEA 4 today talking to people and explaining MAPS. I’m personally committed to see MAPS achieved. I have more justification to do it now than ever, for humanity, for the planet and for Darcy.”

“Darcy demonstrated every day his commitment to MAPS,” says Parvati.org founder and director Parvati. “His legacy is what MAPS is about: the courage that recognizes our inherent interconnection and the action that arises out of compassion for all. May we live with profound courage in his honor.”

We ask all to respect the privacy of his wife and family and to hold them in thoughts and prayers. They strongly supported Darcy in all he did for MAPS, and asked that his heroism be made widely known. It is their wish that all donations in Darcy’s memory support MAPS.

Above all, we implore world leaders to immediately sign the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary Treaty. We have the opportunity today to prevent unthinkable tragedy on a global scale. Will we take it? Life, as we are shown so clearly today, is a short and precious gift. We must embrace our responsibility to look after one another as members of one Earth family while we can.

The Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) Takes the Stage at UNEA-4

When world leaders meet for the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi, March 11-15, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) will be front and centre. MAPS is being proposed as an “innovative solution for environmental challenges,” by the accredited Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) Major Group. As the Arctic sea ice continues to melt with grave repercussions for all life, this endorsement of MAPS is vitally important.

The Arctic Ocean is our planet’s air conditioner and life support. Its ice regulates the weather that gives us the food and water we need to survive. But it’s under attack from oil, shipping, fishing and military interests that seek to exploit its open waters.

The all-volunteer organization Parvati.org saw this growing emergency and took the unprecedented step to draft an international treaty as an addendum to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. The organization’s volunteers translated the MAPS Treaty into all six official languages of the UN and sent it to the leaders of all 193 member states. With the signatures of 99 nations, the Treaty takes effect. It makes all ocean waters north of the Arctic Circle an international peace park, free from exploitation and military activity.

“MAPS is an urgently needed, immediate and effective response to the crisis we face today,” says award-winning musician, author and activist Parvati, the founder of Parvati.org. “It not only turns the Arctic Ocean into the largest protected area in history, for the sake of life everywhere on Earth, it catalyzes a global shift to sustainability on all levels and inspires a change from short-term gain for a few to the long-term good of all.”

MAPS is supported by luminaries including Dr. Jane Goodall, UN Messenger of Peace and Yvo De Boer, Former Former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. According to Dr. Goodall, it is “hugely important to establish the proposed Sanctuary,” while Mr. de Boer calls MAPS “the only sane choice for the critically vulnerable Arctic ecosystem, for the sake of our seas, our atmosphere and all life.”

Though African nations have contributed the least to the environmental and humanitarian crisis unfolding in our world today, they face some of the most severe effects. The 54 African nations have the opportunity to immediately change the game by creating critical mass on the MAPS Treaty, which has already been signed by Samoa and the Cook Islands. Former Seychelles president James Michel is a strong supporter of MAPS. He says, “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.”

Parvati.org, led by Director of Strategic Initiatives Darcy Belanger, will be on site in Nairobi to meet with government officials and secure MAPS Treaty signatures. The NGO Major Group is calling on all “governments to become signatories to the MAPS Treaty on an urgent basis to allow the effective entry into force by December 2019 of this vital protection for the Arctic Ocean, its ecosystems, and all life on Earth.”

Parvati says, “The Arctic Ocean plays a pivotal role in our lives. Its health and well-being are linked inextricably to our own. When 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 Ocean, but the world. I implore world leaders to carefully consider the consequences of not acting to protect the Arctic Ocean, and sign the MAPS Treaty now.”

Why Life Depends on a Ship-Free Arctic Ocean

14,000 tons per second. That’s how fast we’re losing our life support system.

For millions of years, the Arctic Ocean’s ice has given every being on Earth food, shelter and safety by stabilizing the global weather patterns that make it all possible. But in the past 50 years, 75% of it has melted away. The worldwide consequences are devastating, claiming hundreds of thousands of human lives every year in natural disasters, famines, disease and more as our world heats up. Losing this ice is not an Arctic problem. It is a global humanitarian crisis.

The voice of Nature, and that of compassion deep within every heart, are crying out for us to change our ways now and prevent unimaginable suffering in the years to come. Yet, we seem to live in a world where the roar of ship engines drowns out this call.

Russia is shipping more millions of tons of goods every year along the “Northern Sea Route” in the Arctic Ocean, and has pledged to increase this rate to 80 million tons a year by 2025. Worse, these goods are almost all fossil fuel products extracted from Arctic offshore operations. China, whose northernmost reaches are separated from the Arctic Ocean by over 2000km of Russian landmass, has declared itself a “near-Arctic” power and is setting up operations in Greenland for a “polar silk road”.

The simple truth is that these choices are not compatible with life.

Commercial shipping that takes advantage of the Arctic Ocean in its current state of emergency breaks up the fragile ice that remains to us. In addition, large ships use heavy fuel oil, whose emissions are high in particulate matter that darkens the ice and weakens its ability to reflect the sun’s heat away from the planet. If spilled, heavy fuel oil is impossible to clean up because it sticks to anything it touches.

From the perspective of whales, who are the great benefactors of Earth through their carbon-capturing “whale pump effect”, the world’s oceans are already a cacophonous din, with noise from ship traffic doubling every decade. The Arctic, by virtue of its ice, has been a place of relative quiet. We must not lose this last place of tranquility. Ship strikes are a leading cause of whale death in a time when their populations are already threatened. To keep the great whales—and ourselves—from becoming footnotes in history, we must rethink the frenzied need to connect goods for profit regardless of consequence, and reconnect instead with the reality that we are all in this together.

Trying to connect shipping routes through the critically sensitive Arctic Ocean is disconnected thinking. A planet that sustains life is the only bottom line that counts. Whatever seeming profit comes from Arctic shipping will ultimately dissolve just like the vanishing ice, leaving our world impoverished.

We have the choice today to listen: to scientists warning about the urgent and catastrophic state of the Arctic Ocean, to our own heart knowing that there is a better way. We can make a massive difference if we act now. But the ice is not waiting for us to realize we need it to survive. Every ship that smashes through its dwindling cover leaves us worse off. Please support the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary today and end shipping traffic in the Arctic Ocean for good.

Yogis Unite for MAPS

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 is the only global initiative that addresses the urgent need to protect the earth’s own cooling system – the Arctic sea ice – to help stabilize the planet’s climate and sea levels for our healthy future.

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.

Parvati Gives Keynote for Arctic Protection at AREDAY

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 sea ice 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 effective 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.

On World Oceans Day, Protect All Oceans – and All Life – by Protecting the Arctic

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, polar ice has stabilized the planet’s weather so that we have the food and water we need to survive. But it is melting fast. There is 75% less Arctic sea 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 Ocean, 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 an immediate response that protects the Arctic Ocean. 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 seabed 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 sign 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.

Wendy Benchley, Global Voice for Ocean Protection, Supports Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary

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.

“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 world leaders to sign the MAPS Treaty immediately.

 

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.

 

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