Save Starving Penguins from Extinction

Target: Andrew Wright, Executive Secretary for the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR)

Goal: Dedicate an area of East Antarctica as a marine reserve to protect vulnerable Adelie penguins and other wildlife.

Antarctic penguins are sensitive to changes in their environment, including those caused by climate change. After a massive glacier broke off in East Antarctica in 2010, it appears to have changed the local climate, resulting in colder summer seasons. This has resulted in a catastrophe for the local Adelie penguins. Out of a colony of 40,000 birds, only two living chicks survived the breeding season this year due to starvation.

Researchers say that the penguins could not find enough food due to the thicker ice, which resulted in a massive die-off of the colony’s chicks. Adelie penguins depend on krill as the basis of their diet, and they could be put at even greater risk if fisheries are allowed to exploit the region. With less food available, the long term future for Adelie penguins in East Antarctica appears bleak.

A marine reserve is necessary to ensure that these penguins have a chance for long-term survival. While such a sanctuary may not be able to reverse climate change caused by breaking glaciers, it would protect what krill remains so that the penguins can survive. Sign this petition to urge the international commission responsible for managing wildlife resources in the Antarctic to create this reserve before it is too late.


Dear Mr. Wright,

A colony of 40,000 Adelie penguins suffered what has been called a “catastrophic breeding event,” where only two chicks survived this year’s breeding season. Thanks to local climate changes caused by the breakup of the Mertz Glacier in East Antarctica, the other chicks appeared to have starved as the penguins struggled to find enough food. With international fisheries eager to exploit the region for the same food resources that the penguins depend on, now is the time to create a marine reserve to keep the fishing boats at bay.

While a marine reserve will not reverse the negative consequences caused by climate change, it will provide hope for the long-term future of the Adelie penguins and other Antarctic species. I ask that you do all that you can to work with the members of your commission toward establishing this necessary sanctuary.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Akulovz

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  2. When will people wake up and realise that climate change is real and is happening now?
    I am so ashamed of the human race for being so destructive with our planet.
    When will people stop being so selfish and realise that we all have a part to play in our planet’s ecology and survival.
    Please, please make a marine sanctuary to help these beautiful creatures survive.

  3. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗️?

  4. Ciara Lehnhaeuser says:

    Save the Penguins!

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