Deep Ocean Mining – the latest rape of Mother Earth

Just when you think it can’t get any worse regarding environmental destruction – it does!

Off the coast of Papua New Guinea a Canadian mining company has a license to excavate the world’s first deep sea mine.

We have seen how mining can devastate ecosystems on land. Now, critical ecosystems deep in the ocean may soon be under threat unless this economic madness is stopped.

This is everything that Pope Francis protests against in his masterful environmental encyclical, Laudato Si: measuring ‘development’ only in economic terms and, again, preparing to fill the oceans with filth.

 

SPERM WHALES - GIANTS OF THE DEEP

SPERM WHALES – GIANTS OF THE DEEP

Before we look at a major global campaign aimed at the government of Papua New Guinea to stop the mining, here’s what Samantha Lee, writing in the on-line ‘grist’ magazine, had to say about these crucial ecosystems that may be destroyed:

“… hydrothermal vents discovered just 40 years ago by scientists, teem with a surprising abundance of life. And these hotbeds of biodiversity are crucial for underwater ecosystems and the global climate, according to a recent report in Frontiers In Marine Science.

 The vents dot the sea floor at depths of 5,000 to 13,000 feet, gushing sulfides, methane, iron, and hydrogen into the ocean. Like moths to a (very hot) flame, microorganisms around the vents convert these elements into food. They are, in turn, eaten by other organisms, transporting that geothermal energy up a food chain that includes mussels, clams, giant crabs, and those truly bizarre scarlet tube worm colonies.

 Importantly, researchers found that vent-dwelling creatures gobble up as much as 90 percent of the released methane — which, if it were to be released into the atmosphere, would act as a greenhouse gas 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period.”

AVAAZ, the global internet campaign movement which played a crucial role in the success of the 2014 Paris Climate Change Agreement, has just launched a major petition campaign to stop the Canadian mining company succeeding in getting the investment funds it requires for conducting this new mining operation.

To read about the campaign and to sign the petition, click here

You can also read a National Geographic article, “The Ocean Could Be the New Gold Rush” here

 

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