Smallest Nations Lead the Way to World’s Largest Ocean Preserve

August 5, 2019 – For Immediate Release (

While most countries turn a blind eye to the unprecedented global crisis of the loss of Arctic ice, small island nations are leading the way to protect it through supporting MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. MAPS transforms the entire Arctic Ocean into the world’s largest preservation area, stopping all activities harmful to the ice, the Earth’s air conditioner. Other nations must follow their lead now, while there is still time. 

What is happening in the Arctic is affecting all life everywhere. Few people realize that the Arctic sea ice reflects the sun’s heat away from the planet and ensures everyone has the food and water needed to survive. But it’s melting fast, while global mega powers seek to profit off its thaw, putting life everywhere at risk. Though small island nations like the Cook Islands have contributed the least to the environmental and humanitarian crisis unfolding in our world today, they face some of the most severe effects, with disappearing coastlines, ravaging storms and rising food instability. The loss of our Arctic sea ice, and its devastating effects around the world, are an underreported global emergency.   

Everyone has the right to know that the problem is massive. But there is more than hope. There is MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. MAPS not only turns the Arctic Ocean above the Arctic Circle into the biggest peace sanctuary the world has ever known, free from exploitation, shipping traffic and military activity; it compels a global shift to sustainability on all levels. By taking Arctic seabed oil off the table for good, it catalyzes our pivot to renewable energies. In a time of widespread strife, MAPS unites the world as one Earth family—giving voice to all nations and people equally, regardless of their wealth or political influence. It bypasses bureaucratic red tape to create the protection we urgently need at the necessary speed. And it takes the priority away from short-term gain for a few to where it belongs: the long-term good of all. 

Inspired by a world in need, the all-volunteer, founded and led by the award-winning Canadian musician and author Parvati, took the unprecedented step to create the MAPS Treaty as an addendum to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. This powerful expression of love in action has been translated into all six official languages of the UN, distributed to all 193 member states, and brought every year since 2015 to UN Climate Conferences by volunteers at their own expense. It enters into force with the signatures of 99 states members of the UN or any of the specialized agencies. The Arctic sea ice is a gift of life for the entire world. Protecting it is everyone’s birthright.   

Though small island nations are far from the Arctic, they understand this, and have been leading the way for MAPS. Prime Minister Henry Puna, who has signed the MAPS Treaty on behalf of the people of the Cook Islands, says: 

As a global citizen, the Cook Islands recognises that climate change and its impacts knows no boundaries and affects us all. 

We say we are on the front lines, we will be impacted first, we are most vulnerable. But in reality, what happens in the Arctic, what happens with the pack ice, and what happens as our seas warm, we are all going to bear the brunt of these effects. 

This is why the Cook Islands are going to sign up to and support the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary Treaty. The time for bold action is now, and while my country has already started, we support others to do the same. 

Prime Minister Puna joins Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi who was the first signatory to the MAPS Treaty. “We owe sincere gratitude and respect to the small island developing states who are courageously leading the call to protect our world,” says Parvati. “They understand that the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary does not just protect the Arctic Ocean. It protects all of life. Let’s join them wholeheartedly in standing up for a healthy world.” 

Visit, sign the petition for MAPS and tell your government to follow the Cook Islands and Samoa by signing the MAPS Treaty now.  

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Who is  
– is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to a healthy planet.  
– We are volunteers from around the world.  
– We are committed to the immediate realization of the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) to protect all life.  
– Our long-term vision is to create a Global Peace Sanctuary, to address poverty and hunger around the world.   
Who founded  
– was founded in 2014 by the Canadian musician, author and activist Parvati, who gave the northernmost musical performance ever to raise awareness of the melting polar ice.   
What is MAPS?  
– MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary, declares the entire Arctic Ocean north of the Arctic Circle an ocean preserve.  
– It stops all activity in the Arctic Ocean that harms this vulnerable ecosystem.  
– MAPS is the largest ocean preserve in history, representing approximately 3% of the world’s oceans. This fits naturally with the United Nations’ commitment to protect 10% of our oceans by 2020.   
– Leading biologists call for us to protect 50% of the entire planet immediately to prevent mass extinction.  
– MAPS is not an end goal, but a baseline necessity.   
What does MAPS do?  
– By making Arctic seabed oil and gas unavailable for extraction and exploitation, MAPS will accelerate a global shift from fossil fuels to renewable energies.  
– As countries come together to sign the Treaty, our world moves from short-term individual gain to long-term collective good.   
– MAPS is practical. It’s effective. And it’s immediately achievable.   
Why do we need MAPS?  
– The Arctic Ocean ice is our planet’s air conditioning system. It balances weather patterns globally so that we have the food and resources we need to survive.   
– The white ice reflects 50% of the sun’s rays back into the atmosphere. But it is melting fast. – There is now 75% less summer ice in the Arctic Ocean than there was 50 years ago. The open ocean absorbs 90% of the sun’s rays, and today parts of the Arctic Ocean are now 4º C too hot.  
– The Arctic Ocean is under threat as never before by corporations and governments that seek to profit from the unprecedented loss of ice.   
-We are inherently and inescapably interconnected. What happens in the Arctic Ocean affects all life on Earth. We must act now to protect it.  
Why MAPS now?  
– All life on Earth depends on healthy, robust sea ice in the Arctic Ocean. But it’s in more danger than ever.   
– As the ice melts at a staggering rate, businesses and governments are moving to take advantage of the Arctic Ocean’s resources for short-term gain for a few, instead of protecting this vulnerable, climate-regulating region for the benefit of all. This is a deadly error.   
We must realize MAPS now to lead the way to a healthy and safe future for all.   
How is MAPS realized?  
– MAPS is being realized through the MAPS Treaty, an addendum to the UN Law of the Sea.  
Under MAPS, the entire Arctic Ocean north of the Arctic Circle will become an international peace park, free from exploitation of all kinds.  
-The MAPS Treaty enters into force with the signatures of 99 world leaders, including those of the Arctic nations.   
-Two nations to date have signed the MAPS Treaty and more signatures are expected soon.  
Why did a nonprofit organization draft an international treaty?  
– It needed to be done. We no longer live in an era when we have the luxury to consider one isolated region as if it were separate from the whole.    
– has no political or religious affiliation and no financial interests in MAPS. Our interest is humanitarian.  
– We know that all life everywhere has the fundamental right to be free from suffering, misery and lack.   
Is supporting efforts for peace and sustainability, other than MAPS?  
– Our sole focus at this time is MAPS because of its urgent role in protecting all life everywhere. It is the most powerful way to make a difference in the entire world.  
– Hunger, natural disasters and mass migration are all factors in violent conflict. MAPS mitigates them all.  
– Once MAPS is realized, we will broaden our focus to GPS: Global Peace Sanctuary.  
Do you have any political affiliation?  
– takes no political stance. The planet must be a healthy and safe home for all living creatures equally.  
Does your organization have financial interest in MAPS in any way?  
– No. The members of this not-for-profit are are all volunteers.   
– Our interest is in our collective survival.  

Garbage Enforcement Lacking

Submitted by St. George’s Dragon

The problem of the moment in Barbados is dumping. People leave their garbage by the sides of roads, in gullies, everywhere. The authorities say they are against it but in general there is no sign of action against those responsible. While Denis Lowe, the Minister responsible, has been promising new litter laws and increased penalties for years, we have seen no sign of change. Part of the problem is enforcement. Put simply, not enough people are being taken to court for the crime of littering. The current penalties may be low but it cannot be impossible to effect change if people are penalised and publicised for dumping.

Part of the problem is establishing who is responsible. No-one ever seems to be caught dumping their litter. What though, if we can discover who did it?

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BAMP Proposes Health Tax

Submitted by Anthony Davis
Dr. Carlos Chase, President of BAMP

Dr. Carlos Chase, President of BAMP

With the financial viability of the health care system under threat,  the head of the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP) HAS OFFERED Government a rescue plan. President Dr. Carlos Chase today proposed the establishment of a Health and Education Security (HES) Fund that he said could put an estimated $120 million into Government’s coffers annually. Under that plan, $100 would come from the approximate 100,000 workers in Barbados and paid into the HES Fund which he said be managed by the National Insurance Scheme” – Barbados Today

Pray tell me, Dr. Chase, how many more taxes should be put on the backs of the people of this country? $100 annually may not be nothing but a drop in the ocean for you and some others in our society, but we still have people in our country who are being paid $5/hour – with a loaf of bread costing $5.00. How are such people to pay an additional tax no matter how small?

Paying the money into the NIS would be like putting a child in a candy store and telling him/her to take what he/she wants for the Minister of Finance as he would have more money which he could dispose of as he pleases – especially to pour into the bottomless pit called “Four Seasons” which is always about to start, and has not been resurrected up to now. Putting it into the NIS Fund would be the worst move. It should not be placed anywhere where Government can get its hands on it.

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Fire Minister Denis Lowe, NOW!

Mangrove Pond/Vaucluse Solid Waste Complex Leachate and Liquid Wastes Treatment Plant – Revised Contract File No: IXO162610.0400 - Page 1, Page 2

Mangrove Pond/Vaucluse Solid Waste Complex Leachate and Liquid Wastes Treatment Plant – Revised Contract File No: IXO162610.0400 – Page 1, Page 2


The following communication is bouncing around in cyberspace.

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Government MUST be Transparent About the Waste to Energy Plant

Minister of the Environment, Denis Lowe,

Minister of the Environment, Denis Lowe,

Where is the transparency? Two letters to the Minister of Environment Denis Lowe and a full page in September have not even garnered a response from the government. Is this government serious about open government?

Thus can you post the above article from Dr David Suzuki who the Future Centre Trust is hoping along with Nature Conservancy and Greenpeace to  ask for support? Thanks in advance on behalf of the other Environmental NGO’s

Kammie Holder, Advocacy Director, Future Centre Trust

Many urban areas have built or are considering building waste-incineration facilities to generate energy. At first glance, it seems like a win-win. You get rid of “garbage” and acquire a new energy source with fuel that’s almost free. But it’s a problematic solution, and a complicated issue.

Metro Vancouver has a facility in Burnaby and is planning to build another, and Toronto is also looking at the technology, which has been used elsewhere in the region, with a plant in Brampton and another under construction in Clarington. The practice is especially popular in the European Union, where countries including Sweden and Germany now have to import waste to fuel their generators.

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Do You Care About Your Environment? Complete the Survey!

Submitted by Kammie Holder (FCT)

future_centre_trustThe Future Centre Trust (FCT) is currently conducting a survey to measure the public’s perception concerning important environmental issues. Barbadians living on the rock are encouraged to participate.

Follow the link to complete the questionnaire which should take less than 2 minutes.

How Do You Eat Your Apples?

Submitted by Ready done
The popular herbicide Roundup is a watered down version of agent orange

Popular herbicide Roundup is a watered down version of agent orange

Some people eat apples as portrayed in the mass media from the side to the core, some eat from the bottom or top end because that way you eat the whole apple leaving only the seeds and stem, some people scrape the wax off of the apple before eating it. Most people don’t even know that some apples are dipped in wax to preserve it for years, some people read the bar code to see if it is an organic apple, some people peel the apple because they know the skin is the part that gets the most chemical spray, I personally don’t eat the red apple because it is imported, I prefer a mammy apple, golden apple or sugar apple. However way too much people have no idea what they are putting into their body. We tend to think that because it is sold in a supermarket it is good for us, we are inclined to forget that the supermarket is a business (to make a profit) it has nothing to do with our health.

There is an interesting link between chemicals used in war and chemicals used in food production which is not well known – we war with each other and we war with Mother nature. Chemicals used in agriculture are actually watered down versions of the chemicals used in war. Fertilizer use exploded onto the scene after the first world war because the war machinery that was used to create chemicals for bombs had to find an alternative use, it was easy to convert to be used in agriculture. The ammonium used in explosives is actually the same ammonium used in fertilizer, you should recall the Oklahoma City bombing.

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The Sluice Gate at Graeme Hall, a National Disgrace

The following was received from a citizen who has a deep concern for the environment.

The images above are of the sluice gate and canal at Graeme Hall taken in early February 2013 .  The sluice gate has operated infrequently during the last ten years under both Barbados Labour Party (BLP) and the Democratic Labour (DLP) administrations.

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Lack of Political Will Shown to Wrestle Illegal Dumping to the Ground

Kammie Holder, Environmentalist

Kammie Holder, Environmentalist

A country is not the concrete structure, people make a country. Much money is spent on health care and education to ensure we are healthy and literate.  Thus many are literate enough to understand the hazards of illegal dumping.  This January 1st, 2013 Nation Newspaper article which is attached speaks of a problem we pay lip service to.

Is there any truth that a petty squabble between two government department stands in the way of  a  Freighters Waste Certification System implementation with hundreds of books already printed? Now, some will say the Minister as CEO of a Ministry should not be blamed. But all blame must lie at his feet as well as his management team so tasked with its implementation.

I can recall a television registration system which supported the television licensing system. Dr Denis Lowe are you telling me with all the brain power of your staff and the Data Processing Department a database cannot be created for a Central Computer Register of large appliances for tracing?

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Environmental Disaster Certain

Submitted by the Mahogany Coconut Think Tank/Watchdog group

We need to separate our garbage.

Unless we move swiftly to protect the environment, Barbados will face an environmental crisis from which escape would be virtually impossible. Since the early seventies, alert Barbadians, have been warning the bankrupt BLP and DLP governments, but they collectively ignored the warning and concerns, and casually dismissed the then budding environmental crusaders as alarmists.

Who amongst us can forget then call-in radio host Reverend Father Hatch warning about the disappearance of our windows to the sea?

We are all to blame: we dispose litter any and every where and dump the dead remains of animals in our gullies. For nearly a quarter century, both the BLP and DLP have failed to protect the health of the residents of the Ivy in St. Michael, from indiscriminate dumping in the surrounding areas and the assault on our water supply.

Indeed, it is safe to say that until Heritage Tourism became an economic possibility, there was little effort at preserving our landmarks. We allowed our capital city of Bridgetown and its environs to fall into disrepair. We go further and suggest that most of the efforts at preserving our heritage were directed toward one type of group/sector. For example, many beautiful chattel houses and other landmarks were allowed to fall into disrepair because they were the properties of poor black people. On the other hand, strenuous efforts were made to save and protect the environs once inhabited by the more affluent white population.

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