support MAPS: the marine arctic peace sanctuary

ELC has joined a coalition of groups supporting the creation of a marine sanctuary in the North Arctic region, started by

It is critical that waters opened up from melting ice remain off-limits to all exploitation. The health of the Earth depends on the health of the Arctic Ocean.

The signMAPS coalition is working towards gaining support (through general public and country sign-ons) for a treaty designating the entire Arctic Ocean, North of the Arctic Circle, as a sanctuary, closed to all exploitation. The MAPS Treaty comes into effect after 99 countries sign, the Cook Islands and Samoa have signed. You can learn more and support the MAPS Treaty by signing the MAPS petition here.