Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Campaign against experimental seabed mining gathers strength
Via ACT NOW
The campaign against experimental seabed mining in the Pacific is building up a great momentum, but we still need your support to ensure a positive outcome.
Sign the petition - www.actnowpng.org/action
The campaign has been boosted by the news the mining company planning to operate the the world's first seabed mine here in Papua New Guinea is suddenly facing an uncertain future and the campaign message has been on prominent display in both Brazil and Canada in recent weeks. In addition, the Northern Territory government in Australia, one of PNGs nearest neighbours, has halted all seabed mining exploration for three years while it investigates the potential environmental impacts.
So if you haven't already signed our on-line petition then now is a great time to add your voice - www.actnowpng.org/action - or, if you have already signed, please encourage your friends and family to take action.
Our campaign message was on prominent display in Rio de Janeiro last week thanks to the fantastic efforts of a group of female activists from the Pacific. And, on Friday, campaigners in Canada took concerns about experimental seabed mining direct to the people who are financing it - handing out flyers at the AGM of Canadian miner, Nautilus Minerals, in Vancouver.
Nautilus had hoped to start the world's first seabed mine in Papua New Guinea next year but the company has suffered a double blow. The State of PNG has decided not to invest public money in the mine and has instigated a formal dispute with the company, and the German firm building the mine support vessel has withdrawn its financing support. As a result the Nautilus share price has plunged and the company is warning the mine will be delayed and could even be cancelled!!
So now is a great time to add you voice to the call to end this environmentally destructive experimental mining by signing the petition which will be presented to Pacific Heads of State when they meet in the Cook Islands in August.
Please sign the petition - www.actnowpng.org/action