The seabed is not for mining
Unless we act, mining could soon begin in the most fragile ecosystem on the planet: the deep seabed.
Canada must join global calls for a moratorium on deep seabed mining now.
year before mining could become a reality
exploration licences already granted worldwide
What is deep sea mining?
Deep sea hydrothermal vents, seamount crusts, and polymetallic nodules are biodiverse habitats that will be destroyed if mined, leading to widespread loss of unique deep sea species.
Canadian mining companies are racing to mine the deep seabed. And the Canadian government is letting it happen.
"Deep sea mining will be devastating for the people of our region whose livelihoods, food security, ways of life, and very identity are intimately connected to the ocean.”
– Dr. Claire Slatter, Pacific Blue Line Collective & DAWN
"We have … to create the legal framework to stop the high seas mining…and not to allow new activities that can endanger these ecosystems.”
– Emmanuel Macron, President of France
"We must act and make bold decisions so that we protect our planet. We say that the earth has two lungs -- one is blue and one is green. What are we doing to protect them?"
– Jonathan Mesulum, Coordinator for the Alliance of Solwara Warriors in Papua New Guinea
“The one thing that the science is telling us, is that the impacts of mining the deep sea would be extensive, severe, and last for generations."
– Natalie Lowrey, Deep Sea Mining Campaign
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