In a webinar organised by the G20 Interfaith Forum, experts argue that DSM is a form of ecological racism that threatens regional stability and goes against the Pacific’s holistic and spiritual approach to life and the environment.
Pacific islanders and many other vulnerable indigenous communities have long suffered from systemic racism imposed by hierarchical economic structures and policies—usually with the purpose of extracting and removing resources for a profit motive, to the detriment of local populations.
Kristina M. Gjerde of IUCN’s Global Marine and Polar Programme states that “any benefits from deep sea mining will accrue to only a very few companies while leaving lasting impacts borne by humankind and oceankind for generations. A moratorium on deep sea mining is urgently needed if we are to avert wide scale destruction and loss of ocean life that will be irreversible for many generations to come.”
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