MAPS: Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary

We are delighted to announce our newest outreach partner: MAPS. The Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, proposed to overrides outdated provisions in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea to end all exploitation in the Arctic Ocean north of the Arctic Circle. MAPS stabilizes the melting polar ice and compels a global shift to renewable energy. The first of 99 nations has signed the Treaty: Samoa.

From the remote, forbidding icy reaches of the Arctic to the lapping tropical waters around the South Pacific islands, we are all connected. The loss of ice in the Arctic, called a “death spiral” by scientists, is linked with sea level rise that threatens to engulf these islands. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi of Samoa knows what is at stake. Having repeatedly called on world leaders to take action to stop the Pacific Islands from drowning, he has now signed the MAPS 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 as an addendum to the UNCLOS that protects 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.

Climate Creatives has endorsed MAPS and joined their coalition with heroes of the planet such as Mission Blue, the Climate Reality Project, the Jane Goodall Institute, Oceanic Preservation Society, Blue Ocean Network and others. Climate Creatives will be sharing educational materials with MAPS for their international outreach programs which focus on artistic media, and we will include information about MAPS in our education programs, particularly Rising Waters. Read more about MAPS at

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