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Help create Antarctic marine parks

Australia has a proud legacy in protecting the Antarctic.

We played a key role in bringing the historic Antarctic Treaty into force in the 60s and led the world to ban mining on the polar continent in the 90s.

We are also responsible for looking after the largest ‘slice’ of Antarctica: the East Antarctic – a haven for Adelie penguins and one of the most untouched, important places on Earth.

Now, we have the opportunity to change the fate of the Antarctic once again.

Thanks to thousands of Save Our Marine Life supporters, Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley launched Australia’s push to create a big new marine park in the East Antarctic Marine Park.

In the coming year, the Antarctic Treaty nations of the world will decide whether or not they’ll support three new Antarctic marine parks – the East Antarctic, Weddell Sea and the Antarctic Peninsula marine parks.

To secure this historic protection for our Southern Ocean, we need Australia to do all it can to ensure these marine park proposals are approved.

By showing Environment Minister Sussan Ley just how many people support these parks, we can keep the Australian Government steadfast on Antarctic protection.

Sign the petition to support these crucial marine parks for the Antarctic.

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Australia has a proud legacy in Antarctica’s history: from its role in the ground-breaking 1959 Antarctic Treaty, to the mighty diplomatic feat by Australia and France that led to the ban on mining in the Antarctic 30 years ago.

Next year, during the 41st annual Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meeting, Australia has an incredible opportunity to demonstrate its global leadership and help determine the future of the Antarctic once again. 

In 2022, the CCAMLR nations will decide whether they support the creation of three marine parks in the Southern Ocean – the East Antarctic, Weddell Sea and the Antarctic Peninsula marine parks.

We commend you on your strong leadership on this issue and the considerable work of your Department to secure these marine parks. Our country’s leadership will be essential to continue to drive the diplomatic push for Antarctic conservation at the highest levels in the lead up to the meeting. 

I urge you to continue to stay strong in your support and do all that you can in the lead up and during the CCAMLR meeting to get these marine parks over the line.  These three marine parks are urgently needed to protect our vulnerable marine life from industrial fishing and to help keep this incredible ecosystem fighting fit in the face of climate change. 

Australia changed the fate of the Antarctic once before – from potential mega mine to a ‘natural reserve, devoted to peace and science.’ Now, with your leadership, we must get this crucial protection in place.

Yours sincerely,

In the coming month, the Antarctic Treaty nations will decide whether or not they’ll support the creation of three new marine parks in the Southern Ocean – the East Antarctic, Weddell Sea, and the Antarctic Peninsula marine parks.

This is a massive opportunity to protect and preserve our precious Antarctic marine life, but we need your help!

Send a letter today and help create Antarctic marine parks.

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