48 hours to save our oceans

To EU leaders:

As concerned citizens from across the world, we urge you to adopt an urgent rescue plan for the world's oceans now that will set aside 20% of our oceans in marine reserves to protect species and ecosystems and allow the ocean to replenish itself; revitalise fishstocks by ending overfishing and banning harmful subsidies; and establish an international binding treaty to protect life on the high seas. The oceans are dying, and this is our greatest opportunity to ensure their protection for future generations.
 
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Posted: 1 May 2012
Our oceans are dying. Beset by vast amounts of pollution and out-of-control industrial fishing, scientists say our marine ecosystems are collapsing. But in 72 hours, governments will consider an inspiring proposal to save the oceans -- and we can help push it through.

The proposal includes protecting 10% of our oceans as sanctuaries, allowing marine animals the space to recover and regenerate. Powerful industry lobbies control Canada, the US and Japan on this issue and are stalling the plan. Our only hope is that Europe champions the idea. 

The talks are being quietly held behind closed doors at the UN. In the next 72 hours, let's break open the talks, expose the fishing lobbies, and deliver a massive global call of support to Europe to stand strong and save our oceans. 

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