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Say No to Deep-Sea Mining

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with The Oxygen Project, Sustainable Ocean Alliance and Deep Sea Conservation Coalition
Add your name to the official letter to stop deep-sea mining, and we’ll deliver your signature to to United Nations and International Seabed Authority Leaders.

Update: 12 states have now taken positions against deep-sea mining in international waters: Palau, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Samoa, New Zealand, Germany, Costa Rica, Chile, Spain, Panama, Ecuador, and France.

For decades, large corporations have poisoned rivers, devastated forests, and displaced communities. Now, they’re rushing to mine minerals from the last untouched frontier on the planet – the deep sea.

The deep sea may be vast and unexplored, but it is incredibly important. It encompasses 95% of the ocean’s volume and is the largest and least explored of Earth’s ecosystems. Some scientists believe that the deep sea and its water column may be the largest carbon sink on Earth, and new species are still being found there.

A UN body called the International Seabed Authority (ISA) is responsible for governing and protecting the deep seabed on behalf of humankind as a whole. In practice, the ISA Secretariat routinely prioritizes the interests of pro-mining governments and companies over the protection of our fragile ecosystems. Since 2001, the ISA has granted 31 exploration licenses for contractors to explore for minerals beyond national jurisdiction in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans.

Deep-sea mining would dwarf all other mining operations in human history, and it would take place in a part of the planet that we are only just now beginning to understand. If this dangerous experiment goes wrong, it risks triggering a domino effect of unintended consequences that could destabilize the ocean, trigger food insecurity, and affect all life on Earth.

As citizens concerned about the future of our planet, we urge you to support a moratorium on deep-sea mining and protect the ecosystems that we all rely upon.

Add your name to the letter to #DefendtheDeep.

Click here to view the official letter.


Key Signatories
  1. Sylvia Earle - Explorer, Biologist, Environmentalist

  2. Jane Fonda - Actress, Activist, Environmentalist 

  3. Robert Redford - Actor, Filmmaker

  4. Ted Turner - Founder, CNN, TBS, and UN Foundation 

  5. HM Queen Noor Al Hussein - Queen Dowager of Jordan

  6. Jackson Browne - Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee

  7. Bertrand Piccard - Explorer, Chair of the Solar Impulse Foundation 

  8. Sven Lindblad  - CEO, Lindblad Expeditions

  9. Gerry Lopez - Surfer, Actor, Yogi

  10. Graeme Kelleher - Former Chairman and CEO, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

  11. David Shaw - Managing Partner, Blackpoint Group LP

  12. Robert Weir - Founding Member, Grateful Dead

  13. Wade Davis - Writer, Explorer, Photographer, Filmmaker 

  14. Tom Gruber - Co-founder of Siri

  15. Frederick Paulson - CEO, Ferring Pharmaceuticals

  16. M. Sanjayan - CEO, Conservation International

  17. Pirry - Director, Journalist, Environmentalist

  18. Michael Jacobs - Sustainability & Social Innovation Leader, IBM

  19. Jonathan Batty - Director of Public Relations, IBM

  20. Pierre Ramadier - Global Head of Entrepreneurs & Families, BNPP

  21. Pierre Rousseau - Senior Executive Manager, BNPP

  22. Erin Urquhart - Associate Program Manager, NASA

  23. Oliver Steeds - Journalist, Broadcaster

  24. Jay Inslee - Governor of Washington

  25. Esha Gupta – Actress, Model, Environmentalist

  26. Shawn Heinrichs - Photographer, Filmmaker, Environmentalist


Group Signatories

We’d like to offer a special thank you to the Oxygen Project, Sustainable Ocean Alliance, and the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition for their critical support and leadership on this campaign. 55,609 of the signatures reflected are carried over from a previous, identical letter on The Oxygen Project website.

Supporters
27 minutes ago
Brooklyn F

Earth deserves better

6 hours ago
Glenn F

The earth's ecosystems are in deep trouble. cumulative impacts are going to push them over the edge, with drastic consequences. Hundreds of millions of people depend on tbe oceans for their livelihoods, and terrestrial ecosystems are connected to marine ecosystems in ways we are only beginning to understand. Undersea mining risks huge disruptions, from underwater noise, threatening cetaceans, to plumes of toxic dust. When will we learn?

14 hours ago
Sarah H

i am for my children’s future and against deep sea mining. save our planet.

18 hours ago
Christopher H

It will only lead to destruction. Companies can barely contain issues on land!!

22 hours ago
Natalia G

i care

23 hours ago
Sofia P

My fathers passion was always the I want a better renewed planet/oceans for our children! I don't want future generations to just read about how our planet was and the animals it once supported, but to see it/them for themselves.

23 hours ago
Sofia P

My fathers passion was always the I want a better renewed planet/oceans for our children! I don't want future generations to just read about how our planet was and the animals it once supported, but to see it/them for themselves.

1 day ago
Raad S

destroying biodiversity amd ecosystems is against mmMan’s interest and not viable on the t

1 day ago
Chantal B

we must respect the wounderful beauty of our nature

1 day ago
Sarah H

leaving the planet better than when I was born

1 day ago
Emma C

Deep-sea mining would dwarf all other mining operations in human history, and it would take place in a part of the planet that we are only just now beginning to understand. If this dangerous experiment goes wrong, it risks triggering a domino effect of unintended consequences that could destabilize the ocean, trigger food insecurity, and affect all life on Earth.

1 day ago
Taryn B

The process is atrocious for biodiversity.

1 day ago
Sabrina S

The deep sea must be protected

1 day ago
Cynthia L

we need to protect all life and ecosystems to protect human life

2 days ago
Kathryn G

Rather than extracting we must become better at nurturing the life that feeds us. We must put a stop to extractive practices like mining and make a commitment to create spaces and places where we can all thrive respecting the limits of our desire for more. Just because we can doesn't mean we should. Let us begin by stopping deep-sea mining practices and begin to look for ways to live without endangering the life we depend upon. This begins today!

2 days ago
Joshua L

we cause more than we teach

2 days ago
Sara U

we have to stop plundering our globe

2 days ago
Lenkei H

i wanna help

2 days ago
Rebecca A

I care about wildlife!

2 days ago
Eileen H

i want my grandchildren to know the beauty of our ocean.

2 days ago
Chigozie A

blessings

3 days ago
Carola F

unknown consequences, we need to protect our future - the sea and healthy deepsea play a crucial part in it

3 days ago
Caleb E

We can't be that ungrateful, taking all this place has to offer and not even doing something good for it, it's BS.

5 days ago
Francesco L

We don't understand the deep sea marine ecosystems and the impacts from deep sea mining. More investigation is needed.

6 days ago
Arijit M

We need to save our planet and make it a better place for future gen.

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