Lend Your Name to a Petition calling for end to oil and gas drilling in marine reserve off Newfoundland

‘If fossil fuel companies get their way, this could be world’s worst nature reserve — but we can give Canada’s federal government the backing they need to protect our waters.’

A Call-Out from the international online activist group Avaaz

Posted August 2nd, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Oil and gas exploration in the middle of a Newfoundland marine reserve that protects endangered whales? It’s as ridiculous as it sounds.

Canada wants to create a massive new marine reserve, but they could also open it to oil and gas exploration threatening endangered whales. Now they’re asking Canadians to weigh in — Click to add your voice to the below petition with one click, and help protect this precious place.

So Dear friends across Canada,

Seven endangered whales were just found dead in the Gulf of the Saint Lawrence. The government proposed a massive marine reserve along a critical migration route for the whales, but — and this is crazy — they could open it up to big oil.

There are only 500 of these majestic giants left on the planet, but the oil and gas industry has been lobbying hard to open the marine reserve to drilling. Our voices now could help save this species.

The Department of Fisheries say they want to make a decision in “meaningful consultation with Canadians.” There are over a million Avaazers in Canada — let’s show our government what we think!

Click to add your name with just one click: We don’t want the world’s worst nature reserve — no to oil and gas! To PM Trudeau, Fisheries Minister LeBlanc & Natural Resources Minister Coady:

“We object in the strongest terms to allowing oil and gas exploration in the proposed Laurentian Channel marine protected area. Whales and other wildlife that use this area need strict protections, and energy exploration could prove disastrous!”

We don’t want the world’s worst nature reserve — no to oil and gas! This protected area southwest of Newfoundland would become the biggest protected ocean space in the country! But under the current proposal, nearly 90% of the area would be open to fossil fuel exploration, threatening peaceful giants like Right whales, humpbacks, and minkes.

The federal government says it’s serious about marine protection and that it’s committed to supporting Right whales. But the oil industry wants to open the area to drilling and the Newfoundland government, which has a tonne of power over the decision, is echoing their call.

If fossil fuel companies get their way, this could be world’s worst nature reserve — but we can give the federal government the backing they need to protect our waters. Add your name below with just one click and then share this across the country.  We don’t want the world’s worst nature reserve — no to oil and gas!

In the last two years, our community has campaigned for and won the creation of the world’s largest marine reserve — three times: twice near Hawaii, and once in Antarctica. Now it’s Canada’s turn to stand up for nature. Let’s make sure we do.

With hope, Danny, Ari, Emma, Melanie, Fatima, and the whole Avaaz team

More information: Environmental groups slam government plans to allow oil and gas drilling in proposed marine protected area (Radio Canada) http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2017/06/26/environmental-groups-slam-government-plans-to-allow-oil-and-gas-d…

Rising right whale death toll could be ‘catastrophic’ to species, marine biologist says (Toronto Star) https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/06/25/rising-right-whale-death-toll-could-be-catastrophic-t…

Trudeau government proposes opening St. Lawrence marine protected area to oil exploration (Globe and Mail) https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/trudeau-government-proposes-opening-st-lawrence-marine…

About Avaaz – Avaaz is a 44-million-person global campaign network that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people shape global decision-making. (“Avaaz” means “voice” or “song” in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages.

Learn about some of Avaaz’s biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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