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Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and Greenpeace founder Captain Paul Watson, previously profiled in Parvati Magazine, has officially joined leaders like renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall and revered oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle in endorsing MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. Watson’s passion for marine conservation has been acknowledged with several awards over the years, including being recognized by Time Magazine in 2000 as one of the environmental heroes of the 20th century. He remains an outspoken advocate for marine mammals – whales, seals, dolphins – around the world. MAPS is theRead More
MAPS, Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary
From the mountains of Colorado to the tropical hills of Fiji, the message of the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) is travelling around the world. In July, Parvati.org’s Director of Strategic Initiatives, Darcy Belanger, represented MAPS at the Climate Action Pacific Partnership Conference (CAPP) in Suva, Fiji. Tropical small island nations, recognizing the urgency of protecting the melting polar ice in order to safeguard their homes, have been leaders in championing the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. Samoa was the first nation to sign the MAPS Treaty. James Michel, former presidentRead More
Sally Ranney-AREDAY-Renewable Energy Summit-Sustainability
In the astonishingly picturesque mountain village of Snowmass, Colorado, a five-day summit takes place every year that’s been called the “Davos of Clean and Renewable Energy”. The AREDAY summit is a program of the American Renewable Energy Institute (AREI). It provides a platform for high level cross-sector networking that results in investments, collaborations, strategic alliances and new initiatives. AREDAY brings together over 100 cross-sector speakers and includes a film festival, concert, electric vehicle show and environmental expo. And in June 2018, Parvati.org was a part of it. On the summerRead More
Dr Gbujie Daniel Chidubem Team 54 Project
Climate change and the effects of the melting polar ice are poised to affect some parts of the world more immediately than others. The 54 countries of the African continent are especially vulnerable—a fact that has inspired Dr. Gbujie Daniel Chidubem to create the Team 54 Project initiative and connect with partners around the world. He is a Climate Reality Ambassador personally trained by former US Vice President Al Gore, and a MAPS Ambassador for Parvati.org in Nigeria. We spoke with him about his inspiration and passion for climate action.Read More
MAPS-Wendy Benchly-WildAid-Seakeepers Award
For more than forty years, Wendy Benchley has witnessed ocean wildlife firsthand as a scuba diver. She has seen the alarming ways it has changed over the years, and is a passionate advocate for marine life, as was her late husband Peter Benchley (author of Jaws). The growing SIGNMAPS coalition is honoured to welcome her as a supporter of the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. Wendy co-founded the prestigious Peter Benchley Ocean Awards, an annual award honoring her late husband’s legacy, in order to shine a light on the exceptional conservationRead More
MAPS-James Michel

Posted On March 19, 2018By Parvati MagazineIn April 2018 - Being, MAPS

This Former President is Helping to Save the World

It’s a long way from the equatorial islands of Seychelles to the frigid expanse of the North Pole. But what happens in the Arctic affects us all, and this former Seychelles president knows it. James Michel was president of Seychelles from 2004 to 2016. Since stepping down, he founded the James Michel Foundation to focus on blue economy (sustainable use of ocean resources) and climate change. He is the author of “Rethinking the Oceans: Towards the Blue Economy”. Seychelles’s 105 islands are especially vulnerable to rising sea levels which areRead More
From the remote, forbidding icy reaches of the Arctic to the lapping tropical waters around the South Pacific islands, we are all connected. The loss of ice in the Arctic, called a “death spiral” by scientists, is linked with sea level rise that threatens to engulf these islands. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi of Samoa knows what is at stake. Having repeatedly called on world leaders to take action to stop the Pacific Islands from drowning, he has become the first official signatory of the Marine Arctic Peace SanctuaryRead More
MAPS-arctic shipping-arctic ocean
With Arctic sea ice melting at an alarming rate, commercial shipping interests seek to capitalize on the Arctic Ocean’s vulnerability by turning this last and most pristine of the Earth’s oceans into a major shipping highway. There is no greater threat to the survival of humanity than the loss of the polar ice caps and the destabilization of the Arctic Ocean. But instead of taking action to protect the Arctic Ocean, the Canadian government has introduced legislation that anticipates increased shipping traffic, and consequently hastens the demise of life-giving ArcticRead More
Ten countries recently came together to sign an agreement banning commercial fishing in the Arctic Ocean for sixteen years. This is great news. But there are even bigger threats to the vulnerable Arctic ecosystem that we need to address immediately. The Arctic polar ice, which regulates temperatures and weather patterns for the entire planet, is in what scientists now call a “death spiral”. There is 75% less late-summer ice now than there was half a century ago. Parts of the Arctic Ocean are 4C warmer than usual. Yet, in theRead More
With big hearts and inspired dedication, Parvati.org’s all-volunteer staff has made great strides to move MAPS (the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary) forward at COP23, the UN conference on climate change. Our Director of Strategic Initiatives Darcy Belanger and our Outreach Lead Dr. Karen Ho travelled to Bonn, Germany for COP23 on their own time to advance MAPS among the world’s leaders. They have willingly self-funded and crowd-funded all their expenses. Back in Canada, the research, legal, production and communication teams have worked around the clock to ensure Darcy and KarenRead More