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JL
- 492 days ago - pewenvironment.org
Links to photos and videos at the site Kerry spoke to a Washington reception and urged the creation of a marine reserve in Antarctica's Ross Sea. "We are not going to wait for a crisis before we take action,"



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Teresa W. (661)
Friday March 22, 2013, 3:12 pm
thank you
 

JL A. (272)
Friday March 22, 2013, 3:18 pm
******Lots more at the site*****
Kerry Urges Protection for Antarctic Waters

Mar 19, 2013
Southern Ocean Sanctuaries Campaign
Contact: Elyssa Rosen, 775.224.7497

Author(s)

Daniel LeDuc
“The Ross Sea is a natural laboratory,” the Secretary of State said. “We disrespect it at our peril.”

Resources

Event video
U.S. Department of State event transcript
Transcript: Remarks by Pew's Karen Sack (PDF)
National Geographic's event write-up
Pew's Southern Ocean work

In his first comments about protecting the world’s oceans since becoming Secretary of State, John Kerry spoke to a Washington reception hosted by The Pew Charitable Trusts and urged creation of what would be the globe’s largest marine reserve in Antarctica’s Ross Sea.

Joined by leaders from New Zealand and Australia, Kerry spoke to more than 300 people who gathered at the National Geographic Society for a special screening of the award-winning documentary, “The Last Ocean,” which focuses on the Ross Sea and its rich marine life. Long a champion of protections for oceans and fisheries while in the Senate, Kerry said such work “is a challenge to our commitment to science and facts and what we believe in.”

This July a commission of two dozen countries and the European Union will consider creation of a reserve around the Ross Sea and the East Antarctic marine areas in the Southern Ocean. The United States and New Zealand, with support from Australia, are leading the push. Scientists consider the Ross Sea one of the last unspoiled regions on Earth, offering deep opportunities for learning about marine ecosystems. “We are not going to wait for a crisis before we take action,” Kerry said to an audience of environmental advocates and national and international news media.
 

Kit B. (277)
Friday March 22, 2013, 5:33 pm

Good information. I think this deserves a petition. We haven't done anything significant to protect the Northern Polar region, maybe we can get smart and try to protect the Ross Sea Area.
 

JL A. (272)
Friday March 22, 2013, 5:44 pm
You are welcome Teresa. I agree it deserves a petition Kit.
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Terry V. (30)
Friday March 22, 2013, 6:12 pm
Wonderful idea Kit. THANKS J.L.
 

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Friday March 22, 2013, 6:26 pm
I think that is a brilliant idea Kit. And I applaud John Kerry for standing up for such a critical environmental cause. I hope the Repuklicons are taking notes. Thanks J.L.
 

JL A. (272)
Friday March 22, 2013, 6:44 pm
You are welcome Terry and Tamara.
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