Source: Sustainable Ocean Alliance
Author: Annie Greenberg
Congressman Ed Málaga of Peru has introduced a bill calling for a deep-seabed mining moratorium position from Peru. This is a critical step toward protecting the health of the ocean. The bill was cowritten by Sustainable Ocean Alliance Peru and SOA’s Youth Policy Advisory Council, and is supported by The Oxygen Project, ecOceánica, AIDA, and Deep Sea Conservation Coalition.
Congressman Málaga hosted a public ocean hearing on June 17th, with some of the country’s top environmental experts and leaders. Daniel Cáceres Bartra, Regional Representative for SOA in Latin America, applauds the lawmaker for working to shine a light on this important issue.
“If deep-seabed mining is permitted to take place, it will cause incalculable damage to the already fragile ocean ecosystem,” Cáceres Bartra explains. “No economic gain can possibly justify it, and we need more world leaders like Congressman Málaga to stand up to the mining industry and protect the last untouched ecosystems of our planet.”