Target: President Vladimir Putin and President Xi Jinping
Goal: Protect Antarctica’s natural resources by creating a pair of marine sanctuaries.
Critically important areas of ocean in and around Antarctica are at risk from over-fishing and pollution. To combat this problem, experts have recommended the creation of a pair of marine sanctuaries that would protect the continent’s vast stretches of wilderness.
The creation of these preserves hinges on the outcome of the annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). The commission has repeatedly attempted to designate certain areas as protected zones, but a lack of consensus has prevented any meaningful action from being carried out.
After years of cooperation and collaboration, all but two of the commission’s 24 members have finally agreed to a plan that would create sanctuaries in the Ross Sea and East Antarctica. The two nations that have yet to comply are two of the most important: Russia and China. Without the support of these nations, Antarctica will remain vulnerable and its pristine beauty could soon be threatened.
The overwhelming support for these sanctuaries proves that their creation is essential to protecting the wilderness of Antarctica. Sign the petition below to urge Russia and China to grant necessary protection to one of the planet’s last sources of untainted natural beauty.
Dear Presidents Putin and Xi,
I am writing to urge you to reconsider your position on the creation of nature preserves in Antarctica. Your fellow members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources are all in favor of this project, and your support would finalize this valuable environmental effort.
Antarctica is home to vast stretches of untainted beauty and wilderness, but over-fishing and pollution are threatening to ruin one of our planet’s last sources of pristine natural beauty. With your support, these areas can gain improved protection. Please support these marine sanctuaries and help keep our planet beautiful.
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Photo Credit: Vincent van Zeijst