PROTECT THE ARCTIC
In the fall of 2010, Parvati postponed a planned music tour in Japan and instead traveled to the North Pole, where she became the northernmost musical performer ever, to help raise awareness of the melting polar ice. This journey was supported by sponsors in the wellness and electronic industries, and supported additionally by fans who were moved by her initiative.
In response to her life-changing trip to the Arctic, Parvati co-founded Parvati.org. The not-for-profit is dedicated to stopping seismic testing and declaring MAPS: the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, so that the ocean north of the Arctic Circle is free from all commercial exploitation.
IN PARVATI’S WORDS
SIGN THE MAPS PETITION NOW
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Our Arctic Ocean must be protected from:
– Commercial exploitation
– Natural resource exploitation
– Seismic testing
– Military activity
– Through shipping traffic
Pursuing and extracting of fossil fuels will lead to devastating climate change ramifications, and affect every single one of us. Protecting the vulnerable Arctic ecosystem is non-negotiable for the health and survival of all life. By signing this petition, I join the chorus of voices from all over the world, calling for the urgent enactment of the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary.
ACTS OF SERVICE
Fall 2015: Parvati.org took the unprecedented step of creating an international treaty for the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary in six official UN langages and soliciting signatures from heads of government of 200 countries worldwide.
December 2015: Parvati.org sent its Director of Strategic Initiatives with the treaty to Paris for COP21. When the MAPS Treaty gets 99 signatures, it will come into effect.
A MAPS music festival is being planned for 2017.
WHY WATER MATTERS
The water on our planet is under attack from a number of sources, such as pollution, exploitation and global warming. If we were to imagine the ocean as a physical body, it would be as though it were experiencing a virus, on top of a virus, on top of a bacterial infection.
As the polar ice caps melt, sea levels and ocean temperatures rise, heating up the planet. Heated waters mean ecosystems are harmed, animals die and natural disasters such as hurricanes increase. Since three-quarters of the world’s megacities sit on coastlines, a rising sea level threatens the way of life for nearly half of the world’s population.
78% OF HUMAN BODIES
71% OF EARTH’S SURFACE
STOP SEISMIC TESTING
The Arctic is one of the planet’s most fragile ecosystems. It has been profoundly affected by climate change with permafrost almost gone and the polar ice disappearing, leaving it susceptible to increased seismic testing and drilling for oil and gas.
Petroleum companies deploy airguns to search for oil and gas in the ocean bed by generating continuous and intense sound vibrations that can reach up to 250 dB, much louder than a jet engine. Marine research shows that seismic testing harms whales, dolphins, porpoises and groundfish by causing behavioural changes, reproductive problems, and even death.
Further, oil spills around the planet illustrate that adequate measures do not now exist to detect or contain their damage even in easily accessible settings. Given the extreme and remote conditions of attempting to extract oil from the Arctic Ocean, oil spills and chronic degradation are all but guaranteed. If Arctic oil is exploited, billions of tons of carbon stand to be released into the global atmosphere, further accelerating the climatic warming that is so disastrous for the Arctic. To stabilize the climate, these hydrocarbon reserves need to stay where they are: deep under the Arctic ocean floor. Arctic oil exploration is not a safe, sustainable or viable option and would have a catastrophic, long-term impact on the entire Arctic ecosystem.
SEISMIC TESTING PETITIONS
COME CLEAN ABOUT SEISMIC TESTING
Seismic testing is expensive, and is financed by oil companies that stand to profit from knowing where to drill. The areas to be blasted by airguns louder than a jet engine include key habitats for whales. Additional damage caused by drilling for oil and gas includes the release of billions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere, as well as oil spills under frozen Arctic ice.
Consumers have the right to know if their dollars are going to a business that supports seismic testing or oil exploitation in the Arctic. Let’s call on the Norwegian companies (TGS, PGS and MKI) to publicly disclose their big oil financial backers, and big oil companies to disclose their plans to drill along Canada’s fragile Arctic coast. Together, we will deliver the message that we will no longer allow oil interests carte blanche to harm the environment.
OIL DOESN’T ELECT GOVERNMENT. PEOPLE DO
Oil business shouldn’t hold more sway over our decision-makers than the Canadian electorate. We call on Canada’s federal government to reveal to the Canadian public the extent of its knowledge about which oil companies are backing seismic testing, and their plans for drilling in Canada’s pristine Arctic waters. Citizens have the right to hold government accountable for the decisions it makes behind closed doors with our tax dollars.The Canadian government must compel oil companies and seismic testing companies to declare any pre-funding relationships for seismic testing they wish to conduct in Canadian waters, and make that information publicly available.