Thursday, October 4, 2007

Tell the Senate: A LOTS at Stake

When it comes to our oceans, there's lots at stake. More than ever we need to ensure adequate measures are in place to protect the world's most valuable asset, which is why it's so imperative that the United States accede to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOTS).

>>Take Action: Ask the Senate to pledge LOTS of support for the Law of the Sea treaty.

The Law of the Sea is a set of rules and guidelines for the use of the world's oceans, including protecting the environment and preserving the freedom of navigation. The Law of Sea came into force in 1994, and to date, 152 countries have ratified the treaty, yet the United States has not.

The Law of the Sea sets a global standard requiring countries to conserve the marine environment, protect fish stocks, and prevent pollution. In order to remain a leader in ocean conservation and have a seat at the table in future discussions, the United States must accede to the Law of the Sea treaty.

The Foreign Relations Committee will be holding a hearing on the treaty this Thursday. Make a difference for the ocean by contacting your senators and letting them know you support the U.S. accession to this treaty.

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