Only two survived!
In 2016, millions of us helped rally public pressure to create the first Antarctic Ocean sanctuary, in the Ross Sea. It is the largest marine protected area on the planet. But it represents only a small portion of the fragile ocean that surrounds Antarctica.
The wildlife there is already struggling because of climate change -- and industrial fishing fleets could push this fragile ecosystem over the edge. At least three more sanctuaries are needed to keep this precious wilderness safe. And they could be created if we make sure EU leaders feel this is a public priority.
Whether we win another marine sanctuary there comes down to a single decision. Russia and China are the two main blockers -- but experts say that French President Macron and the EU Commission can win them over. Let's inspire them to action by raising a million beautiful voices to save this polar paradise -- join now and share this everywhere.
Avaaz means voice in many languages and speaking up for our fragile planet is one of the things we do best. We have helped secure massive marine reserves all around the world -- but this time, it's not just one more sanctuary -- we're going for the entire Antarctic network and this petition will keep building until it is fully established.
With hope and determination,
Lisa, Pascal, Bert, Christoph, Mike, Nataliya and the whole Avaaz team
Penguins starving to death is a sign that something’s very wrong in the Antarctic (The Guardian)
#ANTARCTICA2020 – A vision for the future (ASOC)
So long, King Penguins: Scientists warn climate change may leave these birds "screwed" (Mashable)
Decline in krill threatens Antarctic wildlife, from whales to penguins (The Guardian)
Plans rejected for East Antarctic marine park (Nature)
EU and China agree ocean partnership - China’s position may be softening (China Dialogue)
Why remote Antarctica is so important in a warming world (The Conversation)
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