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Petitioning United States Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross

Protect Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument from Commercial Interests

Aloha,

My name is Sol Kaho‘ohalahala and I’m writing to you on behalf of thousands of Native Hawaiians, community leaders, conservationists, and many others across our state who want to maintain the current protections for Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

Imagine, for a moment, a place where vibrant coral reefs extend across the ocean floor, and 7,000 marine species—from green sea turtles to blue whales, the largest creatures on earth—roam the sea. A place where 14 million seabirds of 22 species nest and breed their young.  A place considered sacred to Native Hawaiians, where we believe all life began, and to which spirits return after death. 

More than 10 years ago, Papahānaumokuākea was designated as the first Marine National Monument, and last year, President Obama expanded the area, further protecting this incredible ecosystem.

Now, President Trump has called for a review of these protections. If we don’t make our voices heard, the administration could allow deep-sea mining, commercial fishing and other harmful industrial practices—all for private gain.

At a time when only 3% of the ocean is protected, Papahānaumokuākea stands as a beacon of hope, a refuge for wildlife and a place of cultural importance for the Hawaiian people.

Please join me and thousands of others across Hawai‘i to voice your support for the continued protections of Papahānaumokuākea.

Sol

 

 

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