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Antarctic sanctuary, Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, MAPS
Ocean conservation faced a blow this past month as the 25 country members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources were unable to reach an agreement for a marine protected area off the coast of Antarctica. The area would have been 1.8 million square km, twice the size of Germany, safeguarding a critically vulnerable ecosystem that helps to keep the world cool and protect all life. Its failure makes it all the more urgent to ratify the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) immediately. Why the ArcticRead More
marine arctic peace sanctuary, government complacency, government apathy
If you picked up your phone to call for urgent help because your house was burning down, you wouldn’t expect a formulaic, bureaucratic response like, “Thank you for sharing your concerns. I have forwarded a copy of your message to my colleague for their consideration.” But the reality is that our world is in a state of emergency today and an apathetic response is status quo from governments everywhere. The Arctic sea ice, our planet’s air conditioner, is melting at an alarming rate. Its loss is already having severe effectsRead More
Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, MAPS, pacific island climate change, arctic ocean, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society,
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