Target: Owen Paterson, U.K. Secretary of State for Environment
Goal: Preserve one of the world’s most pristine marine landscapes before its certain decimation
One of the world’s most pristine marine ecosystems was uncovered in a recent expedition of the Pacific Pitcairn Islands by the National Geographic Pristine Seas expedition team. Environmentalists worldwide are pushing to protect and preserve this nearly untouched oceanic landscape before it is decimated by commercial interests.
The crystal clear waters around the islands have the deepest recorded coral reefs, and the area has more endangered species than humans. There are a huge number of sharks, one of the single best indicators of an intact ecosystem. Overfishing of the ocean has seen the near extinction of these important predators.
The inhabitants of the four Pitcairn Islands are backing a plan to have 830,000 square kilometers around the islands declared a protected zone. If the plan is carried out, it will become the largest protected marine zone in the world.
The islands are a British overseas territory, and their protection is in the hands of the U.K. government, which has been slow to institute regulations to protect the islands. Experts and environmentalists fear that a lack of immediate, decisive action will lead to certain destruction.
Rarely do we get the chance to preserve ecosystems still intact in our modern world. Sign this petition urging the British government to act in defense of the Pitcairn Islands before we lose another pristine landscape to exploitation.
Dear Mr. Paterson,
The waters surrounding the Pitcairn Islands boast one of the most untouched marine ecosystems left on Earth. With the deepest, most well-preserved coral reefs, they offer a sort-of time capsule with which oceanographers can study other reefs around the world. Most recorded reefs have been destroyed by pollution and boat traffic. The islands and the surrounding ocean are also home to more endangered species than humans.
A plan to declare 830,000 square kilometers around the islands a protected zone is currently being reviewed, but if the decision is not made soon, this fragile environment could face severe consequences. If the plan is enacted, the protected zone will be the largest marine sanctuary in the world. The hope is that the decision will be made before irreparable damage can be inflicted.
I urge you to agree to protect the Pitcairn Islands as soon as possible, while they remain pristine.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: NOAA via Wikimedia Commons