We are thrilled to announce a significant victory in our ongoing campaign to protect the oceans from the destructive forces of deep sea mining! Thanks to the relentless efforts of Greenpeace activists, concerned citizens, and environmental advocates worldwide, the deep sea mining industry has been prevented from getting a green light to commence operations in July 2023.

UK Projections against Deep Sea Mining. © Dan Hatch / Greenpeace
“Stop Deep Sea Mining” is projected on the White Cliffs of Dover calling for a halt to deep sea mining. © Dan Hatch / Greenpeace

Deep Sea Mining companies have been ambitiously touting July 2023 as the dawn of their industry, utilising a legal loophole in an attempt to exert pressure on governments for swift approval. However, their plans were met with formidable resistance at the International Seabed Authority (ISA) during a marathon 3-week negotiation process last week.

Governments from around the world demonstrated extraordinary resilience and wisdom by standing united against the commercial pressure exerted by the deep sea mining industry. In an unprecedented move, they refused to yield to short-term interests and prioritised the protection of our precious oceans.

At the heart of this remarkable achievement was the rejection of the proposed ‘mining code’ that would have enabled deep sea mining operations to commence. Governments voiced clear political opposition to the immediate start of deep sea mining, understanding the potential catastrophic consequences it could have on our marine ecosystems.

This milestone marks a crucial turning point in our campaign, demonstrating the power of collective action and the effectiveness of our tireless advocacy. However, we recognise that there is still much work to be done. The fight to safeguard our oceans from this dangerous industry is far from over.

We must remain vigilant and steadfast in our efforts to ensure that deep sea mining remains halted for the long-term. Greenpeace will continue to work tirelessly alongside our allies, engaging in further negotiations and rallying public support to protect our fragile marine environments.

Together, we have shown that when we unite for a common cause, we can make a difference. Let this victory inspire us to persevere in the face of challenges and renew our commitment to safeguarding the oceans and the countless species that call them home.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those who have supported us in this campaign, and we invite you to join us in the ongoing struggle to defend our oceans from harm. Together, we can forge a sustainable future that respects the irreplaceable wonders of our deep seas.