Greenpeace International, Jamaica Environment Trust and other civil society organizations joined forces yesterday to protest against deep sea mining in Jamaica’s waters.
The protestors gathered outside the International Seabed Authority’s, ISA, annual meeting in Downtown, Kingston.
They’re calling on the government to agree to the Global Ocean Treaty which protects oceans from industrial misuse.
JET says scientists have warned about the harm that deep sea mining can cause to marine life and climate change.
Chief Executive Officer of JET, Suzanne Stanley, says the Jamaican government signed an agreement to sponsor a deep sea mining company.
Ms.Stanley says there’ve been longtime discussions surrounding deep seabed mining.
She says mining poses significant impacts on the environment, whether on land or in the ocean.