“Parvati.org volunteers at COP25 for the largest Marine Protected Area in history
MADRID, Spain – Inspired by a world in need, the all-volunteer international non-profit organisation Parvati.org will be on site at COP 25 to present and urge world leaders to sign the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) Treaty.
The MAPS Treaty transforms the entire Arctic Ocean into the Earth’s largest preservation area, stopping all activities harmful to the Arctic sea ice, our global air conditioner. The ice cap reflects the sun’s heat away from the planet and ensures everyone has the food and water needed to survive.
But it’s melting fast. Global mega powers seek to profit off its thaw, putting life everywhere at risk with the devastating effects of ravaging storms and rising food and water insecurity. This is an underreported emergency worldwide.
Vandana Erin Ryder, Parvati.org’s General Counsel and Communications Manager, the author of the MAPS Treaty; and Dr. Karen Ho, the charity’s Outreach and Relations Lead; will be present in Madrid on their own time and funds to support the swift realization of MAPS for the sake of all life.
Founded and led by the award-winning Canadian musician and author Parvati, Parvati.org took the unprecedented step to create the MAPS Treaty as an addendum to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
“It been translated into all six official languages of the UN, distributed to all 193 member states, and brought by the self-funded volunteers to every COP since 2015,” Vandana Erin says in her press statement to TND News, Sunday.
The MAPS Treaty enters into force with the signatures of 99 states members of the UN or any of the specialized agencies. Two world leaders have signed so far, and more signatures are expected in Madrid.
Prominent world leaders’ quotes on MAPS.
“Nothing short of the future of mankind is at stake if we do not immediately pivot to a green economy. With severe climate change impacts on our doorstep, the last thing we should be doing is opening up what little pristine Nature we have left to old economy activity. MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, is the only sane choice for the critically vulnerable Arctic ecosystem, for the sake of our seas, our atmosphere and all life.” Yvo de Boer, Former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
“Humans have the most highly developed intellect of any species yet in the name of progress we are exploiting the natural resources of our planet and destroying the complex web of life with no thought for future generations. The oceans are not only rich in biodiversity, but also play a major role in regulating temperatures: we continue harming and polluting them at our peril. It is thus hugely important to establish the proposed Sanctuary for preserving the unique Arctic flora and fauna and thus helping to slow down climate change at this critical time.” Dr. Jane Goodall, UN Messenger of Peace, Ocean Elder
“Samoa is pleased to support the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) Treaty. Small island states like Samoa which are on the front lines of the impacts of climate change see MAPS as a realizable solution to addressing pivotal climate change issues.” Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa
“As a global citizen, the Cook Islands recognises that….our oceans are a vital component of our efforts to address climate change, whether we are a small island in the vast Pacific, or a large continent that extends into the Arctic Circle; we each bear a responsibility. This is why the Cook Islands are going to support the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary Treaty. The time for bold action is now, and while my country has already started, we support others to do the same.” Henry Puna, Prime Minister Of the Cook Islands .
“The Arctic—no matter where we come from and where we live—is the common heritage of all humans. Its fate and future have serious consequences for all of us.” James A. Michel, Former President of Seychelles .
“We need to convey a sense of urgency because the world is changing. The next ten years is likely to be the most important time in the next 10,000 years. We have options that we are going to lose within ten years unless we take action now. Every day options close, and this is particularly true in the Arctic. The Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary is an idea whose time has come, and I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the people behind these efforts.” Dr. Sylvia Earle, marine biologist, National Geographic Explorer-In-Residence, Ocean Elder.
“We no longer live in an era with the luxury to consider one isolated region separate from the whole. What happens in the Arctic affects us all. We must safeguard the Arctic Ocean and its rich biodiversity, before it is too late. Protecting the fragile Arctic ecosystem keeps our entire planet cool, and our weather patterns and global crop growth in balance. This must be an urgent priority for everyone on Earth.” Parvati, award-winning musician, yogini, activist and author; founder of Parvati.org.
“The Arctic Ocean ecosystem is unique and diverse, home to many species under threat. The Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary is an essential way to protect this ecosystem and give threatened populations a chance to recover.” Louie Psihoyos, Executive Director of Oceanic Preservation Society and Director of The Cove/Racing Extinction.
“MAPS is an incredibly important treaty to protect one of the most important places on earth. As a global community, we have a responsibility to defend the Arctic. World leaders have a responsibility to sign the MAPS Treaty and create that protected zone for our generation, and for every generation to come. A lot of what we fight for when it comes to climate justice is the protection of the Arctic because of the global implications if our ice caps melt. Now, more than ever, is the time to get the world on board with protecting the Arctic and with supporting MAPS. We need to have this done by 2018.” Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Youth Director, Earth Guardians.