Canadian environmental not-for-profit Parvati.org welcomes the decision by Shell Canada to relinquish decades-old permits that have long been delaying the creation of a national marine park in Canada’s East Arctic. Last fall, Parvati.org conducted extensive research questioning the permits’ validity and shared its findings widely with Canadian NGOs, including WWF-Canada and Greenpeace who leveraged the information as part of their ongoing work to protect the Arctic.
Parvati.org commemorates World Oceans Day by underscoring the importance of the Arctic Ocean and the unprecedented opportunity to help stop climate change through the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS).
“The decision to relinquish the permits removes an obstacle to creating the Lancaster Sound National Marine Conservation Area, which has been stalled for decades,” says Vandana Erin Ryder, legal counsel for Parvati.org. “It’s important to remember the broader context for the desire to create the marine park, which is to prevent dangerous exploitation in this ecologically sensitive region. At this time of intense climate change, all exploitation in the Arctic Ocean must stop, not just in Lancaster Sound – which is only a fraction of the whole vulnerable Arctic ecosystem.”
The health of the Arctic Ocean is vitally important to the climate of the entire planet. The polar ice caps are melting rapidly, contributing to extreme weather patterns all over the world. Protecting the Arctic from further loss of ice is critical to keeping our planet cool and ensuring healthy agriculture, balanced climate patterns, and harmonious ecosystems, globally, for generations to come. A solution is urgently required, and that solution is the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS). MAPS prohibits all exploitation in the Arctic Ocean north of the Arctic Circle, and therefore safeguards the Arctic Ocean, and the planet, for the benefit of all.
“MAPS goes far beyond the immediate benefit of protecting the fragile Arctic ecosystem, which is pivotal for keeping catastrophic weather patterns in check,” says Parvati.org founder Parvati Devi, Canadian musician, yogini, author and activist. “It goes beyond the obvious value of caring for our oceans and ocean life, which are essential for the future of humanity. By saying “no” to the unburnable oil resources in the Arctic, MAPS is an immediate, simple and cost-free global commitment to ending the search for more reserves of fossil fuels and fully adopting renewable energies.”
In late 2015, Parvati.org created the international Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) Treaty, translated into the six official United Nations (UN) languages, and distributed to the heads of government of 193 member nations of the UN for their formal endorsement. Currently, Parvati.org is in ongoing dialogue with world governments considering the Treaty. “MAPS brings world leaders together in agreement that the needs of the collective are equal to the needs of the individual,” says Parvati Devi. “We can no longer live in the illusion that we exist independent of each other, divided by borders and ideologies as separate entities. Every decision we make affects the entire world.”
The preservation of the Arctic Ocean is of paramount importance to the survival of all peoples of the world. MAPS: The Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary must be realized to protect our planet today, and for generations to come.
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