The United States is proposing to dispose of Syrian chemical weapons at sea. Doing so would put already vulnerable marine ecosystems at further harm. We must not allow this plan to go through and urge Secretary Kerry to consider other alternatives.
Please join three generations of concerned Americans in signing this petition:
Lance Morgan, PhD, President, Marine Conservation Institute
Ronan C. Morgan, student, Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm
Robert V. Morgan, Captain, US Navy (retired)
I stand united with the petition authors and others by the strong belief that we must NOT allow disposal of Syria’s chemical weapon stocks at sea. Doing so will put vulnerable marine ecosystems at risk for serious harm.
I applaud the United States and its allies for compelling Syria to give up its chemical weapons and want to live in a world where people don’t poison those with differing religious views. A recent quote in the New York Times made it sound as if burning precursor chemicals, sarin and other chemically contaminated equipment was harmless. At least one country, Albania, has refused to allow disposal of Syria’s weapons on its territory and we are deeply concerned with the suggestion that the disposal will be at sea, as if this would have no consequences to marine life or humankind.
The assumption that marine ecosystems are invulnerable and that nothing can harm them is demonstrably incorrect. The world has known for 20 years (since publication of Global Marine Biological Diversity: A Strategy for Building Conservation into Decision Making, Norse 1993) that our oceans are in real trouble. Scientific knowledge, international law and common sense all tell us not to subject them to further harm, such as at-sea burning or other disposal of chemical weapons.
I therefore urge you to stop any and all attempts to dispose of Syria’s chemical weapons at sea.
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