Sitting at the bottom of the world, the Antarctic is home to a great diversity of life. It provides food and shelter to amazing creatures such as penguins, whales, seals and orcas. But a warming climate and expanding industrial fishing poses a threat to this vital ocean and its iconic creatures. The good news is we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to create an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary – the largest protected area on Earth. This would put the waters off-limits to the industrial fishing vessels currently plundering the ocean of tiny shrimp-like krill, on which Antarctic sea life relies.
We need the members of the Antarctic Ocean Commission – the international body tasked with the protection of Antarctic marine ecosystem – to stop dragging their feet and protect the Antarctic Ocean. By working together we can urge members of the Antarctic Ocean Commission to put the Antarctic first and secure an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary.
From Buenos Aires to Berlin, Johannesburg to Washington DC, stunning papercraft penguin sculptures are popping up at tourist hot spots around the world. The geometric models have been pictured using local transport and visiting national landmarks, including the White House, Gwanghwamun Gate in Seoul, Sydney Opera House, and the Sagrada Família in Barcelona. One was even photographed trying to board the Hogwarts Express at platform 9¾ in Kings Cross Station.
So why have these penguins wandered so far from home? It’s all part of a new Greenpeace campaign to create an ocean sanctuary in the Antarctic. If realised, an area five times the size of Germany would be protected – making it the largest protected area on Earth.
“This sanctuary would be a safe haven for penguins, whales and seals, and put the waters off-limits to the industrial fishing vessels sucking up the tiny shrimp-like krill on which Antarctic life relies,” said Frida Bengtsson, head of Greenpeace’s new Protect The Antarctic campaign.