Community: Pacific Climate Treaty Is A Great Start

The recent Pacific Islands Development Forum on the theme “Stewardship for Healthy Oceans and Healthy Nations”, wrapped up with a very promising step: 14 nation leaders are considering a climate treaty proposed by a group of not-for-profits.

The Pacific Climate Treaty proposes banning all “new coal or fossil fuel mines” and will “send a powerful signal to markets, governments and civil society around the world that the end of fossil fuels is near.”

Such bold and urgent action is needed by all nations of the world in order to limit global warming to well below 2ºC (3.6F) above pre-industrial times as agreed at COP21. Because the health of the Arctic Ocean is so vitally important to the climate of the entire planet, is asking all nations to unite to protect the Arctic Ocean by creating the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS).

MAPS designates the ocean north of the Arctic Circle as an international marine conservation area, precluding all commercialization, industrialization, and militarization in this delicate environment. The polar ice caps are melting rapidly, contributing to extreme weather patterns all over the world. Protecting the Arctic Ocean from exploitation is critical to keeping our planet cool and ensuring balanced climate patterns and harmonious ecosystems, globally.

In late 2015, 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 all member nations of the UN for their formal endorsement. is in ongoing dialogue with world governments considering the Treaty.

“MAPS goes beyond the immediate benefit of protecting the fragile Arctic ecosystem, which is pivotal for keeping catastrophic weather patterns in check,” says 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.”

The preservation of the Arctic Ocean is of paramount importance to the very survival of mankind. is asking the public to sign the MAPS petition and call on their heads of government to ratify the MAPS Treaty. The opportunity, and the urgency, are unparalleled.

By Parvati Magazine staff

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