Leonardo DiCaprio

Last week we told you that Leonardo DiCaprio was backing an initiative to protect the Antarctic ocean. On a mission to gain 1 million signatures, a lofty goal, DiCaprio and the organization Avaaz are in the homestretch. Currently 992,915 people have signed!

The petition goes to the delegates of the Antarctic Commission and asks them for the following: “As concerned citizens from around the world, we call on you to act decisively to secure the precious habitat of whales and other ocean species when you meet in Hobart, Australia. We call for an ambitious deal that establishes the world’s largest network of marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean, starting with the Ross Sea and East Antarctica.”

DiCaprio isn’t alone in using his big voice for the important cause. A stampede of supporting celebrities have asked their fans and followers to sign the petition.

Ian Somerhalder wrote, “World leaders are mtg now to decide the fate of #Antarctica’s Ocean – tell them to protect it! http://bit.ly/R3Ih4X @Avaaz.” He continued, “Given that only 2% of the world’s oceans are protected, this is an amazing opportunity to protect the fragile ecosystem of Antarctica.”

Other celebrities to join the cause include Alicia Silverstone, Linkin Park, Richard Branson, Jonah Hill and Mark Ruffalo.

As anti-fracking advocate Mark Ruffalo (also known as the Hulk) put it, “Let’s build massive public pressure to defend the Antarctic ocean and create a marine sanctuary. Join me @Avaaz.”

So sign the petition now, and let’s get those 1 million voices calling for the protection of the Antarctic ocean.

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is a writer, teacher and activist. She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Ali is also a fiction writer. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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