Canadians Call for a Moratorium on Deep Seabed Mining

Date: March 25, 2022

Source: Mining Watch Canada

As the International Seabed Authority meets in Jamaica, a petition asking for a global moratorium on deep seabed mining, signed by more than 4000 Canadians, goes to the government for a response.

On December 20, 2021, Oceans North, MiningWatch Canada, the Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society (CPAWS), Nature Canada, Northern Confluence, and West Coast Environmental Law launched a parliamentary petition calling on the Government of Canada to support international efforts to establish a moratorium on deep seabed mining. The petition closed on March 20 with over 4000 signatures. 

The petition is part of a global campaign to stop deep seabed mining before it irreversibly destroys deep sea ecosystems. The International Seabed Authority is meeting this week to advance regulations that could open up the seabed to mining within the next two years. State parliaments, fishing associations, NGOs, Indigenous organizations, financial institutions, and corporations are joining the chorus of voices calling for the protection of the environment to be prioritized over expanded resource extraction.

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