Today, much of the Arctic Ocean is unprotected under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), giving coastal states authority to exploit any and all natural resources within 200 nautical miles (or more) from their coastlines. Arctic ecosystems have protected the Earth from the radical effects of climate change for years as the ice reflects the suns energy back into the biosphere. As the snow and ice melt the reflection ability of the Arctic disappears and instead turns into absorption of sunrays via open water, further warming the planet.
To protect this critical region from further exploitation and to foster regeneration of Arctic ecosystems, Partvati.org – a completely volunteer based non-profit organization – created the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) Treaty, which encompasses all ocean waters north of the Arctic Circle as an international peace park free from resource exploitation and commercialization in perpetuity. It stops all activities in the Arctic Ocean that contribute to the melting polar ice caps and ensures the essential regeneration. The value of MAPS has been noticed and endorsed by key environmental leaders, including Dr. Jane Goodall – UN Messenger of Peace, and Dr. Sylvia Earle – Founder of Mission Blue. They agree that MAPS is an essential intervention to stop environmental degradation in the Arctic, and to keep the oceans healthy and the weather patterns balanced.
The MAPS Treaty was designed as an addendum to the UNCLOS and has been translated into the six official languages of the United Nations and distributed to the 193 member nations of the UN for their formal endorsement. The treaty comes into effect with the signatures of 99 countries, which will only happen through mass awareness.
MAPS is changing the world one signature at a time and you can be apart of it!
If you have not already done so, call on your government to ratify the MAPS Treaty.
For more information on MAPS and to sign the petition that will help save our planet, please visit: https://parvati.org
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