Author: Chris Gardner
A New Zealand-based pressure group that stands against seabed mining is marking World Oceans Day by widening a petition. Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM) said Lush Cosmetics had already collected 3500 signatures over six weeks calling for environment minister Nick Smith to impose moratorium on seabed mining.
On Monday, KASM chairman Phil McCabe said in a statement that he was widening the campaign.
“After two failed seabed mining proposals, it has become abundantly clear that we don’t know enough about the impacts of this experimental practice, and we need more information,” McCabe said. “The mining industry is now calling for our Government to weaken the laws that govern our oceans to make it easier for them to mine the seabed – that’s totally unacceptable”.
“World Oceans Day is a good day to call taihoa on seabed mining. We need to know what we’re dealing with and where we want to go before diving headlong into this unchartered territory,” said McCabe.