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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 United Nations and International Seabed Authority Leaders.

Update: 14 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, Vanuatu, the Dominican Republic, 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.

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Helen S

i care about our environment and the wonderful beings we share this planet with

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Helen O

what we do the oceans we do to ourselves

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helen d

Why must the human race be so intent on killing everything for financial gain.

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Alfred C

I am against deep-sea mining.

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Corine T

I love the see and respect nature.

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Frances S

Such a destructive project cannot be allowed. It is utter madness.

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Rens R

just leave it like it is.

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Peter S

Mining an srea ee know so little about;vitually nothing in fact, is sheer madness.

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Corinne P

This is our home.

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Catherine D

This is insane

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Brita W

stop this raping of mother earth

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Amanda R

We have to wake up to the changes we are causing on this planet that we call home. I hate to think what my grandchildren will be facing because of the greed and short sightedness of so many large corporations and governments.

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Bethan O

We must try and live alongside the natural world instead of destroying it.

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Sheollagh F

healthy oceans promote a healthy planet.

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Heitor C

because is a big danger...

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Rakie A

i care for the sea floor

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Chris D

leave the seabed alone you've destroyed enough of the surface of this planet already.

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Peter S

Common sense tell you this is not sustainable for future generations.

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Linda K

this would devastate marine life

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Kathy W

Please leave some planet for the future

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jacco g

Scientists already know that the impact will be devastating. A lot of toxics will react with oxigen and will float further into the ocean. There is zero garantee

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James S

fed up.of big business destroying our planet for profit!

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Graham B

I care!

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Kim K

stop killing our planet ffs. that's it basically. it's not just theirs to destroy it belongs to all of us - even us ppl who don't own millions or billions of pounds OK!!!!

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Maj Sofie O

I am signing because we only have ine planet Earth

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