Portugal has one of the world’s largest continental shelves and there is an active interest in placing the country at the forefront of the new chimera of extractivist industrialisation. Therefore, it became urgent for members of Oceano Livre coalition to forge a resilience against the deterioration on the oceans and planet earth, through education and awareness-raising campaigns and the promotion of alternatives.
Our stand is clear: humankind does not need deep sea mining.
Deep sea mining is not necessary in a world committed to sustainable production and consumption, as per the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. Unless we stop to think, we risk to destroy, one of the most pristine and unknown ecosystems of the planet, that plays a vital role in the planet’s balance, on behalf of an obsolete dream of unlimited growth.*
Deep sea mining presents a serious threat to the oceans’ biodiversity. It is a fragile and vulnerable ecosystem, in which environmental impacts cannot be assessed on the short-term. These impacts can prove to be irreversible and can possibly extend for thousands of years with immeasurable repercussions. In comparison, the surface of the moon is documented in greater detail than the depths of the earth’s oceans. The paucity in scientific knowledge, as well as many uncertainties about the oceans’ dynamics, ask for a precautionary approach and demand for more sustainable and resilient alternatives.