I may have signed before these but did so anyway. What a beautiful photo. I will have to look at more of them before we are back in business.
The oceans around the Antarctic are the only waters in the world that are relatively spared by human influence. They are home to nearly ten thousand different species of animals. But even in these remote areas, our species is increasingly invading and becoming a threat.
OceanCare is part of the Antarctic Ocean Alliance(AOA), which is committed to creating a network of marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean. There, fishing should be banned and important ecosystems and wildlife protected against human interference.
Disappearing beauty.....great photography
Christeen - 2 hours ago - dailymail.co.uk
In Arctic Solitaire: A Boat, A Bay and the Quest for the Perfect Bear, Paul Souders, from Seattle, reveals how snapping the great outdoors and the creatures in it can be brutal.
The book charts four solo journeys he made in the Arctic between 2012 and 2015 and is packed with incredible pictures – many of which illustrate the dangers the 57-year-old faced.
UP to date
Unable to sign the Arctic petition dear Monika
All the rest up to date Thank you too Kate
Penguins starving to death is a sign that something’s very wrong in
the Antarctic (The Guardian)
Overfishing, oil drilling, pollution and climate change are imperilling the ecosystem. But ocean sanctuaries could help protect what belongs to us all
The awful news that all but two penguin chicks have starved to death out of a colony of almost 40,000 birds is a grim illustration of the enormous pressure Antarctic wildlife is under. The causes of this devastating event are complex, from a changing climate to local sea-ice factors, but one thing penguins, whales and other marine life don’t need is additional strain on food supplies.
The Trump administration’s Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, has proposed rolling back a 2015 National Park Service rule that banned savage hunting practices, such as shooting wolves in their dens and baiting bears, on 19 million acres of America’s National Preserves in Alaska, which includes millions of acres of Wilderness.
The land where life begins: this is an honor native citizens have bestowed upon one of the world’s final untamed frontiers. Join them in condemning efforts by oil profiteers and politicians to maim Alaska’s awe-inspiring wilderness
Grassroots fighters for the Arctic Refuge take the case to DC
We must stand for the protection of the Arctic Refuge and ask our
representatives to do the same.
Even though our day-to-day existence may be far removed from Arctic
Alaska, we must stand for the protection of the Arctic Refuge and ask
our representatives to do the same.
Most Americans oppose drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
In fact, a majority of us “strongly oppose it.” This broad public
concern echoed through the halls of Congress during Alaska Wilderness
League’s Wilderness Week, when more than 25 people from around thecountry (as far as Alaska and as young as six months) convened in
Washington, D.C., in late May to advocate for the protection of the
Arctic Refuge. Collectively, our group met with more than 60 offices
in just three days.
The experience reaffirmed our role in the lower 48, where even though
our day-to-day existence is far removed from Arctic Alaska, we must
stand for the protection of the Arctic Refuge and ask our
representatives to do the same.
“An assault on one community is an assault on all of us,” said
Adrienne Titus, an Inupiat and a community organizer at Native
Movement. “An assault on one tribe is an assault on all of them.”
Same title but different from the Greenpeace petition!
Tell the Antarctic Ocean Commission: Create an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary
The petition to the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources reads:
"Protect the Antarctic and its wildlife from the threats of overfishing, plastic pollution and climate change. Create an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary."
Add your name:
Sign the petition
Petitions signed dear Marilyn and Kate
Big news Kate,
A group representing almost the entire krill industry has agreed to stop fishing in vast areas around the Antarctic; including the breeding grounds of penguin colonies.
This group includes nearly every krill company working in the Antarctic - including Aker Biomarine - the largest krill fishing operation in the world.
The best part? They’ve also agreed to support the creation of a network of Antarctic Ocean Sanctuaries. Which means, when the Antarctic Ocean Commission meet in October to decide on the Sanctuary, the influential krill industry won’t be standing in the way.
This is HUGE news for the Antarctic - will you help spread the word?
Both have been signed and I did see and hear that depressing ice news a while ago.
On Greenland's most famous trail is a road for Quods (ATVs) to be built. In contrast, in 2017, 300 hikers protested, but without an answer. In February 2017, an extensive petition was sent to Parliament and the Government of Greenland by a club. So far no answer. That's why we want to make this public now. More information on www.polarrouten.net
Here is the petition:
Save the "Arctic Circle Trail!"
We, the undersigned and signatories of this petition, hereby appeal read more!!
Cher - 20 hours ago - act.nrdc.org
Signed! Thanks dear Marilyn and Kate
Antarctic ice melt has tripled in five years
'"A three-fold increase now puts Antarctica in the frame as one of the largest contributors to sea-level rise."
Done Kate thank you
I was hearing about this on the radio today. Still the destruction goes on by greedy naysayers.
https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/468/357/255/ Protect polar bears from Trump's plan-good luck with that. He should only get eaten by a polar bear.
The Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-comparison Exercise (IMBIE), as the assessment is called, involved 84 scientists, 44 international organizations and 24 satellite surveys and found that Antarctica had lost 219 billion tonnes of ice a year (approximately 241.41 billion U.S. tons) between 2012 and 2017, contributing 0.6 millimeters (approximately 0.02 inches) to global sea level rise, a Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) press release reported. Before 2012, ice loss held steady at 76 billion tonnes (approximately 83.78 billion U.S. tons) per year, for 0.2 millimeters (approximately 0.008 inches) of sea level rise.
Up to date dear Monika email sent
petition US only Kate
Every day it is something else with him and more of the same old crap. No one likes us anymore-can you blame them? I am guessing this is US only but one can try.
Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental
to Construction and Operation of the Liberty Drilling and Production
Island, Beaufort Sea, Alaska
Subject: Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals
Incidental to Construction and Operation of the Liberty Drilling and
Production Island, Beaufort Sea, Alaska
Chief, Permits and Conservation Division
Office of Protected Resources
National Marine Fisheries Service
Dear Ms Harrison,
I am writing to express my sincere objections to Hilcorp’s plans for
Arctic drilling in the Beaufort Sea, and application for bypassing
protections for marine mammals.
A permit to allow incidental take (aka killing) of bowhead whales,
ringed seals, bearded seals and other imperiled Arctic marine mammals
during exploration and operation processes should be denied.
Environmental rules have been in place for decades, offering whales
and other marine life a degree of protection from the cacophony of
seismic activity that can damage or kill. These rules should be
strongly adhered to especially with regards to the Arctic. High
decibels are known to reduce the presence of zooplankton, impair fish
eggs and larvae, and temporarily if not permanently deafen adults and
juveniles. Without the ability to hear, fish and marine mammals
struggle to communicate, navigate, avoid predators, and locate prey.
These disturbances can also disrupt important migratory patterns,
forcing marine life away from suitable habitats meant for foraging and
mating. In addition, seismic surveys have been implicated in whale
beaching and stranding incidents.
Offshore drilling threatens our oceans, marine wildlife, and
terrestrial wildlife with the risk of catastrophic oil spills; the
possible, if not imminent, loss of imperiled species would be
As I understand it, a special permit from USFWS, for the incidental
“take” of polar bears, a federally protected and declining species,
would also be necessary. With under 900 Beaufort Sea polar bears
remaining, this is also unacceptable.
Hilcorp’s atrocious track record in Alaska dates back to 2012,
according to a lengthy list of Hilcorp missteps and violations, where
state regulators write that “disregard for regulatory compliance is
endemic to Hilcorp’s approach to its Alaska regulations.”
Clearly Hilcorp’s history of numerous violations demonstrate that
pipeline hazards and disasters are imminent, and would cause
irreparable harm to marine life, as well as federally protected species.
I urge you to deny Hilcorp’s request and uphold laws put into place to
protect Arctic wildlife.
Thank you for your time and consideration of my comment.
The National Park Service ("NPS") instituted regulatory provisions in 2015 to ban certain extreme hunting practices in the State of Alaska, recognizing that Alaska "has allowed an increasing number of liberalized methods of hunting and trapping wildlife ... [that] are not consistent with the NPS's implementation of [the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act's] authorization of sport hunting and trapping in national preserves." These banned practices include killing wolf and coyote pups and mothers in their dens, shooting caribou from boats or from shore, using dogs and bait to hunt and kill bears, and using artificial lights to kill mother black bears and their cubs as they hibernate.
Now Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and the NPS are proposing to adopt a rule (RIN 1024-AE38) that rolls back the 2015 regulatory provisions, and would again allow egregious and scientifically unsound methods of hunting native predators in Alaska's National Preserves.
RIN 1024-AE38 is in direct conflict with the NPS's congressional mandate to conserve wildlife to preserve biological diversity, and to ensure that generations of Americans to come may experience the full beauty of Alaska.
WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW to ensure that these critical protections for Alaska's wildlife aren't eliminated! Please let the NPS know you oppose RIN 1024-AE38 by submitting your comments to the proposed rule here before the July 23 deadline.
Suggested talking points (and please personalize your comments):
- I’m opposed to the National Park Service’s proposed rule to repeal the 2015 regulatory provisions that prohibit killing black bears and their cubs with artificial light at den sites, using bait to attract brown bears for an easy shot, killing wolf and coyote mothers and pups in their dens, using dogs to hunt black bears, and killing defenseless swimming caribou.
- The National Park Service should not reverse its original rule, which was carefully deliberated, based on the best available science, and subject to extensive public input.
- As an American, I appreciate our native carnivores and believe that they should be treated humanely and with an appreciation for the critical role they play in maintaining a healthy ecosystem.
- The National Park Service is directly contravening its own findings that the described methods of hunting and trapping frequently allowed by the Alaska Board of Game to increase opportunities to harvest predators are not consistent with the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.
- The 2015 protections currently in place only restrict sport hunting in national preserves, which constitute less than six percent of the area in Alaska open to hunting. These limitations are sufficient and reasonable.
- The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act and other federal laws mandate that the National Park Service preserve national lands, including national preserves, for the benefit of present and future generations.
- The proposed rule will increase public safety concerns resulting from baiting of bears. This practice was originally prohibited by the NPS to help protect the public from food-conditioned bears, which are more likely to cause human injury.
Please share this Action Alert — and thank you for helping protect Alaska's wildlife!
Our poor planet is dying....
Christeen - 13 hours ago - ecowatch.com
Up to date! Thanks dear Marilyn, Kate and Christeen
Keep Big Oil out of the Arctic Refuge
Add Your Comment and Help Keep Big Oil Out Of the Arctic Refuge
POTUS and Secretary Zinke are rushing forward with plans to open the Arctic Refuge to drilling.
Take action to stop them
I think i signed that already-done just in case.
Up to date (forgot again sorry everyone)
The Department of Interior has taken initial steps to end protections for bears, wolves, and other animals on National Park Service (NP Preserves in Alaska. Their plan would allow outrageous practices including:
- Shining blinding spotlights to aid in the killing of bears and cubs in their dens;
- The use of donuts and other baits to draw bears to a location where they will be shot;
- Killing wolves and their pups during denning season;
- Using dogs to hunt bears;
- Indiscriminate and cruel trapping;
- Shooting defenseless caribou from boats or shore as they cross rivers.
These currently prohibited practices would be allowed on land that belongs to all of us–National Park Service Preserves. Please speak out against this proposed slashing of protections on these NPS lands in Alaska by submitting your comment today
With all the petitions and potential disaster facing ANWR I thought I would post this. A look at ANWR:
signed! Thanks Ladies
Block seismic blasting near polar bear dens
Right now, the best way to protect polar bears is to repeal the Arctic Refuge drilling bill. Tell your Representative to sign on to this bill now!
The new “Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act” will keep
drills out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for future
generations to experience and enjoy.
Tell Congress to support this
important bill! #ProtectTheArctic
All have been signed. Jeff Flake, who is a Republican, is retiring at the end of his term. he gave the Commencement speech at Harvard and it was very compelling hearing him speak of Trump (not kindly) and the state of ruination he has brought us to so far.
Excellent news Monika!! These big companies need to be let know that they are not always going to get what they want when they threaten wildlife and their environment.
I could be wrong but I think that Huskies and sled dogs do not always look the same. I say that only from what I remember of seeing pictures of other sled dogs. I could be wrong.
New international protections in U.S. territorial waters off the coast of Alaska protect fragile marine areas surrounding Nunivak Island, St. Lawrence Island, and King Island. These waters are critical for wildlife and central to indigenous cultures and food security. Shown here are walruses nursing calves on ice south of Nunivak Island.
Yes, the Huskies do look different dear Jan, this was my first thought, too!
Thank you Monika - what fabulous photos. Does anyone else think that the huskies look different to the ones we see today?
The Department of Interior (DOI) kicked off its efforts to fast-track the lease sale to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the oil and gas industry -- and we really need your help to prevent another catastrophic environmental disaster.
Polar bears, caribou and hundreds of species of migratory birds depend on the natural habitat the Arctic Refuge offers. We have an obligation to protect their environment. Oil and gas production would disrupt the lives of these animals and could lead to devastating spills that could harm them, their water and their climate.1
As we remember the tragedy of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, more dangerous drilling programs are being planned. Stand with us in demanding the Arctic Refuge remains untouched.
thanks dear Kate, Christeen and Jan!
Great photo series, it is worth to have a look:
Christeen - 17 hours ago - boredpanda.com
Done. Thanks Monika. I may have signed that one to but who knows?
Thanks dear Kate
Cher - 1 day ago - act.biologicaldiversity.org
I think I signed for the Arctic Refuge already but did so now and the other is now signed.
Speak out: It's an Arctic REFUGE, not an OIL FIELD!
Roughly 200 walruses have settled onto the beach of a small Alaska village to forage for food. Walruses are a vulnerable species, especially due to the Trump administration’s refusal to put them on the endangered list and denying them government protection. Sign this petition to ensure that the village protects these animals during their stay and subsequent returns.
I did see that Monika and it is a very positive step.
Breaking: Investors take a stand against Arctic Refuge drilling.
Today, a group of investors representing $2.5 TRILLION in assets took a stand against drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge! They urged oil companies and banks to not support drilling in this wildlife nursery. And, in under a week, activists will arrive in Washington, D.C., from across the country to drive this point home.
Thank you for all your support in standing up for the Arctic Refuge. You can amplify this effort by sharing this victory on Facebook. If you do not use Facebook please click here and we won’t email you about it again.
In upcoming meetings with dozens of House and Senate offices, we want to reference public comments from constituents like you. Support for the Arctic Refuge in a member's home district makes the issue more relevant and our meetings all the more powerful.
Share our post and encourage your friends to submit a comment opposing Arctic Refuge drilling.
As these savvy investors state, drilling in the Arctic Refuge is a bad investment. It’s a risk to invest more in dirty fuels. It's a gamble to invest in speculative drilling. And it’s bad business to threaten the human rights of Alaska Natives as well as the countless wild creatures that rely on the Arctic Refuge to survive.
P.S. Thanks for all your support in standing up for the Arctic Refuge. Your voices helped make this happen!
Alaska Wilderness League
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Oh I missed so many! Will sign them now! Thanks dear Jan and Marilyn!
Up to date with all. Thank you Marilyn and Jan
https://act.greenpeace.org/page/17672/pet.../1?locale=en-US please sign and share thank you
Signed Jan thank you
I know what you mean Marilyn.
I ahve often thought that as well,Marilyn. You get these crazy people going in and destroying their homes and looking to take them home or kill them and even if they do neither of those things they are still invasive. The human ego can be a dangerous thing. Just look at He Who Shall Not Be Named. Yes, I read Harry Potter.
Signed Jan Don't you think it's probably better not to advertise when new colonies,or herds or any new group of animals are discovered? I'm immediately frightened for them!
Signed. The human species is jost one big busybody. They have to know everything and destroy so much in the process. Every tmeIhear ofsome new animal being found my first thought is that they are then in danger which sometimes they are.