Source: Yahoo news
On May 2022, over 200 scientists, leaders, youth advocates and ocean champions took part in the Blue Climate Summit in French Polynesia. Their objective was to advance ocean-related solutions to climate change through concrete, actionable projects. The Blue Climate Summit Outcomes Report was published today on the Blue Climate Initiative website. The report identifies deep-sea mining of the most urgent threat to the ocean.
A couple of overarching themes ran throughout the Summit. First, the urgent need for better ocean protection in light of the fundamental importance of a healthy marine ecosystem for climate stability – and indeed life on earth. As Dr. Sylvia Earle noted, “the living ocean, all of it, is inextricably connected to Earth’s climate and to the existence of life, humans very much included.” Second, the importance of maintaining a healthy ocean in light of the impact of ocean health on human health.
Of the many threats we face, none is more urgent than deep sea mining. The International Seabed Authority, an obscure organization in Jamaica, is preparing to issue mining licenses for the exploitation for personal gain of the common heritage of all mankind. The destruction of large swaths of pristine ocean floor and the unleashing of vast sediment plumes both on the ocean floor and in the water column will have major, but not yet fully known or understood, consequences. Summit participants were united in the need for more scientific research to understand the impact and consequences of deep sea mining before decisions are made that will have irrevocable consequences for marine ecosystems, ocean health, and climate.