MAPS Category

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
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
As the UN General Assembly opened in New York City in September, a new environmental initiative kicked off – and Parvati.org played a role. The new innovative online funding platform 300×2050 has launched an initiative to identify, fund and achieve Climate Restoration. With the support of The Be Earth Foundation, a UN Intergovernmental Organization and The Healthy Climate Alliance, 300×2050 celebrated the launch of this new funding initiative by hosting a breakfast and expert panel discussion about key issues related to Climate Restoration — and the impact this pursuit wouldRead More
The long-awaited marine protected area in Tallurutiup Imanga/Lancaster Sound in Canada’s high Arctic is finally moving forward. Parvati.org, who a year ago brought to national attention the decades-expired Shell oil permits in the area, is glad to see more marine protection happening in Canada’s Arctic. Yet, we are very clear: protection of the Arctic Ocean must happen on a much more massive scale. The Arctic Ocean’s ice is the Earth’s air-conditioning system, playing a crucial role in keeping global weather patterns in balance. But it is under threat as neverRead More
Canadian not-for-profit Parvati.org celebrates the Supreme Court of Canada’s recent decision to quash the 2014 permits issued by the National Energy Board for seismic blasting in ecologically-sensitive Baffin Bay and Davis Strait, off Clyde River. This decision is consistent with the Canadian government’s five-year moratorium on oil and gas activity in the Arctic Ocean announced last December by Prime Minister Trudeau. “This was the right decision for the Supreme Court of Canada to make,” says Parvati.org founder Parvati. “Seismic blasting, which harms and kills marine mammals, is senseless in anyRead More