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Say No to Deep-Sea Mining

259,956 signed. Let’s get to 300K.
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.

19 hours ago
Francesco L

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

1 day ago
Arijit M

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

2 days ago
Spencer W

For regulations that impact everyone, we the people require transparency throughout a process such as this to ensure good measures are enacted by our representatives.

4 days ago
Taurus C

i want i planet happy

5 days ago

it's a very cruel nature of human beings who always destroy the nature and nature beings.

1 week ago
Molly C

want sea creatures to thrive

1 week ago
Molly W

i would like to save the planet before itnis too late.

1 week ago
Victor C

the planet needs taking care of just as much as the planet takes care of us.

1 week ago
Danilo V

I love the underwater nature

1 week ago
Linda W

Too many risks. Hindrance to pushing for s

1 week ago
Taylor S

That stuff is no good for our global ecosystem.

1 week ago
Fernandes A

I want to be part of this program, to take solutions for environment problems.

2 weeks ago
Joseph S

we are in trouble

2 weeks ago
Michael A

The ocean is the source of life on this planet. As a species we’ve shown a callous disregard for life on land. Lets not risk the ocean.

2 weeks ago
Vicky C

I must

2 weeks ago
June M

i want to help the planet

2 weeks ago
Marrin P

save our planet!!! stop destroying it

2 weeks ago
Colin T

Deep Sea mining would be incredibly destructive to so many environments - we need to leave it alone.

2 weeks ago
Josh W

No environmental impact studies, not enough research into if the nodules are viable. Not enough research on the process of harvesting them. Overall, its a reach for profit with unknown consequences.

2 weeks ago
dawn g

killing all the beautiful creations gods gifts to us

2 weeks ago
Ursula K

my kid is a deep ocean researcher and thisnis a disaster! do not allow any form of deep sea mining!!

2 weeks ago
Ellen S

once trhe integrity of the ocean floror is sacrificed for profitable activities, the unknown consequernces are not yet identified and mitigated for.

2 weeks ago
Alexandra M

i wanna help

2 weeks ago
Doug C

Save our oceans

2 weeks ago
Aleksandar G

I want to live in a better world. Better for all of us! Basically oceans are our nut shell.🙏🏼💜 We MUST to save it!

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