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Greenpeace activists climb ship in Rotterdam to protest deep sea mining

Members of the environmental activist group Greenpeace climbed a ship moored in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on December 10 to protest high seas mining as governments met in Jamaica “to discuss opening the bottom sailor to mining, ”the group said. showed the activists approaching the ship, named the Hidden Gem, on a boat, before rappelling down the side of the ship and unfurling banners that read: “No Deep Sea Mining”. The Hidden Gem, a 228-meter-long former drillship operated by The Metals Company, arrived in Rotterdam on September 21. The Metals Company said it would be converted “into what is expected to be the first vessel classified as an underwater mining vessel by the American Bureau of Shipping,” a maritime classification society. Metals Company CEO and President Gerard Bannon, said the ship would be tested in a “pilot mining project in 2022”. According to the Canadian company’s website, the ship would search for “metals from polymetallic nodules on the seabed” to make batteries for electric vehicles. Samuel Gosschal, activist for Greenpeace Netherlands, who took part in the demonstration in Rotterdam, said: is built for profit: nothing else. It’s not about delicately exploring the seabed – it’s for profit at the expense of nature, ”according to a press release from Greenpeace. Greenpeace said it took action as governments met at the International Seabed Authority (ISA) in Jamaica “a day before the protest, International Seabed Authority (ISA) Secretary General Michael Lodge , reported on the progress of the ISA to the United Nations General Assembly. Lodge told the UN that ISA’s goal is to promote “equity and economic and social solidarity in access and sustainable management of deep seabed mineral wealth” but with respect for ” strict regulations “to ensure that resources are used in a sustainable way” and in a way that provides long-term benefits for all. Greenpeace, however, says scientists have warned that “allowing the start of deep-sea mining would be catastrophic for seabed ecosystems and the health of the ocean, including potential species extinctions and extinctions. disruption of carbon storage. , exacerbating the climate crisis. Credit: Greenpeace via Storyful


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