#defendthedeep: stop deep seabed mining now

For decades, large corporations have poisoned rivers, devastated forests and displaced communities, and 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 biomes. Some scientists believe that the deep sea and its water column may be the largest carbon sink on Earth. Plus, new species are still being found there, and sometimes, entirely new ecosystems are discovered.

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 30 exploration licenses for contractors to explore mineral wealth beyond national jurisdiction in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. These licenses could result in irreversible ecosystem loss.

As citizens concerned about the future of our planet, we ask you to support a moratorium on seabed mining so we can learn more about its potential impact on deep-sea ecosystems.

Do your part to stop deep-seabed mining. Fill out the forms on the righthand column to #defendthedeep.

A vehicle in the North Pacific Ocean collects a metallic nodule with a deep-sea creature growing on top. Credit: GEOMAR (CC BY 4.0)
One of the remotely-operated machines that is set to scrape the ocean floor.

3 ways to take action now

Sign a letter

Sign the official letter to the United Nations and International Seabed Authority representatives calling for a 10-year moratorium to stop deep-seabed mining.

Would you be interested in recording a short 20-second video telling UN officers to stop deep-seabed mining? We’ll put these videos on social media to create public pressure.

Send a tweet

Click here to send the below tweet to the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority (aka the head of the ISA) Micheal Lodge @mwlodge

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