Target: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan
Goal: Applaud the proposed protection of 226 million acres of habitat for the ringed seal
Recently, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) put forth a proposal to declare 226 million acres of arctic waters a protected habitat for the ringed seal, which has been experiencing rapid habitat and population loss due to climate change. This area will be twice the size of California and the largest critical habitat designation in our world’s history.
As sea ice continues to melt and break up earlier in the year, the ringed seals find themselves with fewer safe places to rear their pups. Due to this ever worsening problem, the species was put under protection via the Endangered Species Act in 2012. In spite of this win, ringed seals remain in danger of extinction—danger made worse by hunting practices and fishing. With this newly proposed protected habitat, we will be able to ensure that, at the very least, the problems for the ringed seals are not made exponentially worse.
By signing this petition, you’ll voice your approval for this history making proposal and urge the NOAA to continue pushing to make this habitat a reality. These seals are a vital part of the fragile arctic ecosystem, and without them, endangered species such as the polar bear would surely have no chance of survival. We need to do everything we can to reduce the damage to the arctic done by man-made climate change.
Dear Administrator Sullivan,
I understand that you recently put forth a proposal to dedicate a massive area as a protected habitat for Alaska’s ringed seals. In the wake of the rapidly shrinking ice, which is necessary for the seals to be able to raise their pups, a critical habitat designation for this species couldn’t come soon enough. This is especially true considering the fact that these seals are an essential part of the ecosystem, especially for the endangered polar bears.
I wanted to offer my thanks for your efforts to protect the fragile ecosystem of the arctic north by proposing the largest protected habitat area in human history. Considering the fact that we humans are responsible for the warming of the oceans that has resulted in the loss of ice which is threatening so many species, we need to do everything possible to prevent further damage to the arctic and its native animals. Your proposal is a huge step in the right direction.
I sincerely hope that you will do everything possible to finalize this fantastic proposal and continue fighting to protect the ringed seals. Protecting such a massive area will no doubt be beneficial for all of the animal species in the area, and will hopefully be the beginning of a greater trend to do what we can to save all animals that are threatened by the effects of man-made climate change.
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