Great news on the "Saving the Ocean" front!
Mexico creates the largest marine protected area in North America. .
This presidential decree officially establishing the Revillagigedo Archipelago National Park protects 148,000 km2 of ocean – that’s nearly four times the size of Switzerland - and is now the largest marine protected area in North America. These national parks at sea are critical climate change fighting tools and help support food security. .
The science is clear that not nearly enough of the ocean is protected - scientists recommend strongly protecting at least 30 per cent, and today we are at less than five per cent. These national parks at sea are critical climate change fighting tools and help support food security. The ocean is a massive carbon sink and science is now demonstrating that marine reserves slow the effects of climate change, rebuild biodiversity, and help build resilience. With the conclusion of the 23RD UN Climate Change Conference (COP23), governments should keep in mind that they, like Mexico, can affirm their international commitments to combating climate change through the creation of marine reserves - or climate reserves.
Mexico’s announcement follows similar declarations by countries large and small, including: the US under President Obama, the United Kingdom, Chile, and Russia, to Palau, Fiji, Nauru and the Cook Islands. @mission_blue @earthecho .
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