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Sign the petition for the East Antarctic Marine Park

Thirty years ago, Australia and France led the world to ban mining in the Antarctic – a monumental achievement that should make every Australian immensely proud. Now Antarctica and its incredible marine life desperately need our leadership again.

This incredible natural wonder is under threat from industrial fishing by distant nations, and the ever-advancing menace of climate change. In the East Antarctic – the huge area that we as Australians are responsible for – Adelie Penguins are suffering horrific recent die-offs, with only two chicks surviving in one colony!

Australia, France and the European Union have been leading the charge for the creation of a marine park for the Antarctic, and it will either succeed or fail over the next few months. Australia’s leadership will be critically important now to ensure it succeeds. Sign the petition to show your support for the East Antarctic Marine Park.

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Dear Minister Ley and Minister Payne (CC Shadow Environment Minister Terri Butler, Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong and Senator Whish-Wilson),

Thirty years ago, Australia and France led the world to ban mining in the Antarctic – a monumental achievement that should make every Australian immensely proud.

Now Antarctica and its incredible marine life desperately need our leadership again, and Australia has an extraordinary short window of opportunity to help.

I fully support the Australian Government’s proposal to create a crucial marine park for the East Antarctic and its marine life, and I urge the Morrison Government to redouble its efforts to get this marine park in place. The decision will be made in just a few short months by the 25 nations who together manage the Antarctic,  and Australia’s leadership will be critically important now to ensure it succeeds.  

We, as Australians, have the great honour and responsibility of looking after the largest part of Antarctica: the East Antarctic – a haven for Adelie penguins and one of the most untouched, important places on Earth.

But this incredible natural wonder is under threat from industrial fishing by distant nations, and the ever-advancing menace of climate change. Adelie Penguins are no longer thriving in the East Antarctic – instead suffering horrific recent die-offs, with only two chicks surviving in one colony!

Adelies are deeply affected by changes to their polar wilderness home. A marine park would protect their most important food source – the tiny krill on which everything else depends. This is a rare opportunity to give our Adelies and all other Antarctic marine life the protection they desperately need.

Twenty-five of the world’s nations jointly manage the Antarctic, but not all of them have yet agreed to create the East Antarctic Marine Park.

I urge you to work harder than ever to build the support needed to protect the East Antarctic and its Adelies before these countries come to Hobart for the CCAMLR (Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Living Marine Resources) in the coming months.

Australia changed the fate of the Antarctic once before – from potential mega-mine to a ‘natural reserve, devoted to peace and science.’ Now together we have a chance to choose its future once again.

Yours sincerely,