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Arctic shipping, Northern Sea Route, Polar silk road
14,000 tons per second. That’s how fast we’re losing our life support system. For millions of years, the Arctic Ocean’s ice has given every being on Earth food, shelter and safety by stabilizing the global weather patterns that make it all possible. But in the past 50 years, 75% of it has melted away. The worldwide consequences are devastating, claiming hundreds of thousands of human lives every year in natural disasters, famines, disease and more as our world heats up. Losing this ice is not an Arctic problem. It isRead More
MAPS Ambassador, Vandana Erin Ryder, Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary,, Sustainable Development Goals
Parvati’s epic journey to the North Pole to raise awareness of the melting Arctic sea ice also marked the beginning of a wonderful new chapter in my life. As a result of Parvati’s journey, I learned for the first time that Arctic sea ice, which is the Earth’s air conditioning system, was melting with dire consequences to all life. Protecting the Arctic Ocean from further loss of sea ice is critical to keeping our planet cool and ensuring healthy agriculture, balanced climate patterns, and harmonious ecosystems, globally. When Parvati askedRead More
marine arctic peace sanctuary, Small Island Developing States
“We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis.” The words of fifteen-year-old activist Greta Thunberg struck to the heart of the problem facing humanity today. We are experiencing an underreported ecological and humanitarian crisis as the polar ice melts and the world warms up. The only sane response is swift and comprehensive action. If we do not recognize that we have a crisis, then how will we solve it? The urgency of our global situation inspired two volunteers to travel to Katowice, Poland on their ownRead More
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, 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,’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, 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 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
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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