The Call for a Healthy World with MAPS Resounds on Four Continents
There’s a direct and effective response to today’s underreported global humanitarian crisis, and people around the world are raising their voices to make it known. It’s no secret that Arctic ice is melting. But many don’t realize this is our planet’s air conditioner that gives us all the food and resources we need to survive. As we lose its stabilizing influence, storms and wildfires rage, and flooding consumes neighborhoods around the world. The status quo is not compatible with our collective survival. Yet we all have the power to do something about it. That’s why the international movement for MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, is growing daily. MAPS protects the entire Arctic Ocean north of the Arctic Circle as the largest preservation area in history.
Exploitation of the critically vulnerable Arctic Ocean poses a tremendous threat to life on Earth, yet it’s largely ignored in the media. So Parvati.org is taking bold, innovative steps to make the positive message of MAPS prominent in the international conversation. The soon-to-be-released Global Education Strategy (GES) capitalizes on the instant reach of today’s media channels to penetrate, permeate and pervade global awareness with the urgent need for MAPS. By using art and technology to reawaken people everywhere to our inherent interconnection, the GES activates the swiftest, most powerful catalyst for social change: the hearts of humanity.
With increasing momentum towards the GES, grassroots events for MAPS took place on four continents this past month. Through heart-centred discussions about what is at stake as the Arctic Ocean remains unprotected, people naturally understand the importance of MAPS and are calling on their world leaders to sign the MAPS Treaty for the sake of all life.
On June 5, World Environment Day, the organization Team 54 Project profiled MAPS at an online No-Fly Conference that brought environmental leaders together with no carbon footprint. This was the ideal warmup for the next MAPS events that took place on World Oceans Day (June 8) in Norway, USA, Kenya, Nigeria, and Australia. Raj Phukan, a MAPS ambassador from India, gave a presentation about the critical importance of MAPS at a conference hosted by the Arctic Frontiers secretariat in Tromso, Norway. In New York City, Parvati.org International Youth Lead Omesa Mokaya explained MAPS to people attending the “Peace Boat” event in Manhattan Harbor. The “Peace Boat” was a fantastic venue for an interactive dialogue about why the Arctic Ocean matters to all life and how to protect it with MAPS.
Meanwhile, on the African continent, volunteers in Akure and Makurdi, Nigeria; and Kilifi, Kenya; organized community events to spread awareness of MAPS. The events included presenting about the importance of the Arctic Ocean, gathering petition signatures urging the leaders of these nations to sign the MAPS Treaty, and holding beach and riverbank cleanups to foster community spirit and connection to the great waters of our world.
In Australia, MAPS was showcased in Brisbane. Tongan cultural ambassador and MAPS ally Uili Lousi was invited by former US Vice President Al Gore to help train Climate Reality Leaders there. Uili presented a beautiful video about MAPS to 150 motivated attendees.
Today’s growing grassroots support for MAPS couldn’t come at a better time. Almost four years have passed since all world leaders first received a copy of the MAPS Treaty in December 2015. During that time, one and a half trillion tons of Arctic land ice have melted into the ocean. The sea ice is also melting at an exponential rate, with 75 percent less summer sea ice than 50 years ago. And as this ice is further damaged by exploitation, the Earth’s air conditioning system continues to deteriorate.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi of Samoa, and Prime Minister Henry Puna of the Cook Islands, have already signed the MAPS Treaty to protect their people and the world. With signatures from 97 more countries, MAPS enters into force. In a time when the UN has set an immediate goal to protect 10% of the world’s oceans and scientists are calling for 50% of the world to be dedicated to conservation areas in order to prevent mass extinction, MAPS alone will protect 3% of the world’s oceans. At the same time, by taking Arctic seabed oil off the table, MAPS will accelerate a global shift from fossil fuels to renewable energies. And as countries come together to sign the Treaty, our world moves from short-term individual gain to the long-term collective good.
As Parvati.org’s grassroots efforts continue worldwide, the GES is poised to amplify them, leading to millions of citizens calling on their leaders to sign the MAPS Treaty immediately for the good of all. With Arctic ice melting at 14,000 tons per second, there is no time to lose.
Parvati.org is a not-for-profit dedicated to a healthy world. Its first order of business is the realization of MAPS: the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, an effective step to cool our planet and keep our oceans alive.