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Protect the Ionian Sea from Oil & Gas Exploitation!

Protect the Ionian Sea from Oil & Gas Exploitation!

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This petition has been created by Andreas K. and may not represent the views of the Avaaz community.
Andreas K.
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The Minister of Energy and Environment, The Members of the Greek Parliament
We urge the President of the Hellenic Republic, the Government and the Greek Parliament to revoke the granting of rights to explore and exploit hydrocarbons in the Ionian Sea to oil & gas companies.

A paradise of majestic marine life, iconic habitats and top touristic destinations of unique natural beauty; The Ionian Sea including Paxos and the waters around Crete are in danger .

Oil exploration and drilling pose an unprecedented environmental threat with severe and irreversible impacts on:

The area conceded for oil exploration and drilling is home to rare and threatened species such as sperm whales, bottlenose dolphins, monk seals, loggerhead sea turtles and deep sea corals.

Tourism and fisheries provide an income for hundreds of thousands of people in coastal communities. Their livelihoods depend on a thriving ecosystem.

Limiting temperature increase to 1.5 °C, as the Paris Agreement requires, is incompatible with new hydrocarbon projects.

Thousands of progressive companies, communities, cities, and countries are pledging for a renewable energy future while a global movement is rising against fossil fuels. We call on the Greek Government to immediately ban new hydrocarbon exploration and drilling, following the recent examples of Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, Ireland, Denmark, Norway and New Zealand. It is in Greece's interest to fight for a resilient climate, thriving seas and a clean energy system.

We are calling upon Greece’s friends from around the world to show their solidarity and sign our online petition that aims to halt new oil drilling in Greece. By signing the petition you will help us protect your own paradise , since Greek islands are among the most favourite tourist destinations in the world.

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