Toronto Musician Spearheads MAPS Treaty to Establish World’s Largest Marine Protected Area

[![Parvati at the North Pole](/content/images/2018/02/Parvati-North-Pole-1-300x169.jpg)](/content/images/2018/02/Parvati-North-Pole-1.jpg)Parvati at the North Pole
From songs at the North Pole, to the dream of a whale, to a call to stand up for a healthy planet, the award-winning Toronto-based singer, producer and activist Parvati has taken her love for the planet and created a historic initiative to protect all life on Earth. Fed up with the limited belief that our fate is in the hands of a few slow-moving politicians, Parvati and a group of suppers and friends are spearheading a movement to establish the world’s largest marine protected area by creating an international treaty for the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS). The call is being heard from concerned citizens to country leaders around the world. The change is happening.

MAPS is a simple and effective solution to the humanitarian and ecological crisis caused by the melting Arctic ice. In fact, just this week, scientists announced that temperatures in the Arctic have soared to above freezing even though it’s the dead of winter and the sun won’t rise again for weeks. It’s an unprecedented rise in Arctic temperatures for this time of year.

MAPS overrides outdated provisions in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and ends all exploitation in the Arctic Ocean north of the Arctic Circle.

MAPS LogoLike a Disney movie, the unlikely group of broad-hearted volunteers from Canada and the US is making the unlikeliest of friends with the leaders of nations all over the world, especially the Pacific Islands. The MAPS Treaty has now received its first signature. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi of Samoa knows what is at stake. The melting Arctic ice, termed a “death spiral” by scientists, affects all life on Earth with destabilized weather, floods, drought and rising sea levels. Having repeatedly called on world leaders to take action to stop the Pacific Islands from drowning, Prime Minister Malielegaoi has signed the Treaty and issued this strong statement:

“Samoa is pleased to support the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) Treaty. For us, this Treaty along with the Oceans Pathway reflects the richness of the oceans in biodiversity and their significant role in regulating temperatures, as well as the need to protect our planet’s cooling system so as to stabilize climate and sea levels. Small island states like Samoa which are on the front lines of the impacts of climate change see MAPS as a realizable solution to addressing pivotal climate change issues.”

Today, much of the Arctic Ocean is unprotected under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which allows coastal states to exploit all natural resources within 200 nautical miles or more from their coastlines. That’s why created the MAPS Treaty to protect all Arctic Ocean waters north of the Arctic Circle. The MAPS Treaty has been translated into all official UN languages, provided to all 193 UN member states, and shared with officials at COP21, COP22, COP23 and UNGA 72.

In 2010, with the support of fans and well-wishers from around the world, the award-winning Canadian musician, yogini, activist and author Parvati travelled to the North Pole to give the northernmost musical performance ever, in order to raise awareness of the melting polar ice. Her first-hand experience of the beauty and vulnerability of the High Arctic led her to found in 2014 in response to the threat of seismic testing in the vulnerable Arctic Ocean ecosystem.

Globally respected scientific luminaries such as Dr. Jane Goodall and Dr. Sylvia Earle are among the growing chorus of voices calling for this sanctuary which was born from the deep desire to be of service to our hurting world. Dr. Goodall says, “It is hugely important to establish the proposed Sanctuary.” Dr. Earle says MAPS is “an idea whose time has come.” Leading biologist Dr. E. O. Wilson calls for 50% of the Earth to become conservation areas to prevent mass extinction. MAPS creates the biggest marine protected area in history, a simple, effective and immediate solution to the unprecedented threat facing our planet today.

All those concerned above the catastrophic impact that melting Arctic ice could have on the planet and its people and animals can sign and share the MAPS petition at in order to call on their government to ratify the MAPS Treaty immediately.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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