Our Oceans are Dying and You Can Help

I’m get emails from a group called Avaaz, and just got this one this morning. They do good work and I encourage their support.

We have an opportunity to sign a petition that will be delivered to the UK government in support of our oceans. Read more below and if you are so inclined, the more who sign this the better.

Here’s the email:

Our oceans are dying — you can help

I’ve just signed an urgent global petition urging the UK government to create the largest Marine Protected Area in the world, around the Chagos Islands. A public consultation is under way, but large-scale fishing companies are seeking to derail the effort. The consultation closes this Friday, March 5th. It’s time for a flood of public pressure — join me. Read more below, and sign the petition here:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_our_oceans/98.php?CLICK_TF_TRACK

Thanks!

——

Dear friends,

This Friday, the UK government could make history by creating the world’s largest Marine Protected Area around the Chagos Islands.

Our ocean ecosystems are literally dying under pressure from mass, uncontrolled commercial fishing and pollution. This decision could start to turn the tide. But commercial fishing companies are opposing the move, putting short term profits ahead of all sense. We can’t let that happen — already, over 90% of big fish like tuna and marlin are gone.

Together, let’s send the UK government a tidal wave of global public support urging them to be bold and protect oceans from exploitation. Sign the petition below, then forward it to everyone you know. It will be delivered to Foreign Secretary David Miliband by the deadline this Friday!

http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_our_oceans/98.php?CLICK_TF_TRACK

The reports are dire: in 38 years, our oceans could be completely fished-out, in 100 years, all coral reefs might be dead. This action alone won’t be enough to turn the tide. But it will establish a 210,000 square-mile Marine Protected Area — bigger than the Great Barrier Reef.

To truly save the world’s oceans from collapse will require bold political leadership and dedicated citizens taking action. In 2010, the International Year of Biodiversity, a UK decision to create the world’s largest Marine Protected Area would secure a conservation legacy almost unrivalled in scale and significance. This would set a clear example to other governments around the world.

Let’s drown out the voices of the commercial fishing companies, and lay the foundation for protecting our oceans for generations to come. Sign the petition below, and forward it to friends and family:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_our_oceans/98.php?CLICK_TF_TRACK

With hope,

Alice, Iain, Paul, and the rest of the Avaaz team

More info:
Protect Chagos:
http://protectchagos.org/

Why is Overfishing a problem?:
http://overfishing.org/pages/why_is_overfishing_a_problem.php

World’s coral reefs could disintegrate by 2100:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/feb/23/worlds-coral-reefs-disintegrate-2100

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