Parvati.org founder and CEO, Parvati Devi, and Executive Producer Rishi Deva are delighted to share that since the wonderful Blue Ocean Summit last fall, many of our Blue Ocean Network tribe have joined in support of the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS), whether through our #unitebylight campaign that touched hearts globally, or through signing and sharing the MAPS petition.
The value of MAPS is being noticed and endorsed by many key leaders, including Ocean Elders Dr. Sylvia Earle and Dr. Jane Goodall, as well as Julia Butterfly Hill, Louie Psihoyos (Oceanic Preservation Society) and Xiuhtezcatl Martinez (Earth Guardians). They agree that MAPS is an essential intervention to stop species loss, keep our oceans healthy and our planet’s weather patterns balanced.
“Her Deepness”, the renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle,
Time Magazine Hero for the Planet and founder of Mission Blue, says:
“We need to convey a sense of urgency because the world is changing. 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,” says Dr. Earle. “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 esteemed scientist and UN Messenger of Peace, Dr. Jane Goodall, says:
“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. 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.”
Parvati.org is deeply grateful for the support of these great leaders for the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary.
As part of our goal to realize MAPS by December 2018, we have created a new coalition website at signmaps.org. Your organization can join the Goodall Institute, Mission Blue, Blue Ocean Network, Oceanic Preservation Society, Climate Reality Canada, and other environmental leaders and changemakers as part of the #SignMAPS coalition! Please visit signmaps.org to find out more.
This World Oceans Day, we’re inviting all our friends and supporters to make a splash for MAPS! It’s super easy. We are using Headtalker to harness everyone’s collective social media power to make an impact and help MAPS trend. When you click https://headtalker.com/campaigns/signmaps-on-world-oceans-day/ and support the campaign through your social media, your platform will automatically post “Ocean health affects all of us. Support MAPS: the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. #signMAPS #WorldOceansDay https://hdtk.co/1W9b8” at 10am EDT on June 8.
The Arctic ecosystem 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 critical and vulnerable region from becoming exploited, 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, establishing all Arctic Ocean waters north of the Arctic Circle as an international peace park free from exploitation.
Creating critical mass for global change comes through each one of us standing up for our shared home: the planet! If you have not already, please sign and share the MAPS petition at https://parvati.org, and call on your government to ratify the MAPS Treaty immediately.
We’ll conclude this newsletter with Parvati’s words:
Love yourself. Love Others. Love our world. We are one Earth family.
By Lauryn Dempsey, contributor to Blue Ocean Network
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