Thousands of blue minded people are heading to the United Nations’ The Ocean Conference, which will take place in New York from 5th to 9th June. It will be a prime opportunity for governments, non-governmental organisations, academic institutions, businesses, philanthropies, civil society organisations, and the scientific community to assess the challenges the ocean is facing, and respond to a global call for action. Seas At Risk is joining this international effort, and will among others issue a strong statement about sustainable alternatives to deep sea mining.

At the upcoming United Nations’ The Ocean Conference, which will take place in New York from 5 to 9 June, Seas At Risk will make a strong statement to the plenary about halting deep sea mining. This statement is supported by all 34 Seas At Risk members, as well as Mission Blue, BLOOM, the Deep Sea Mining Campaign and Earthworks.

The deal - signed off in December 2015 by 195 countries - aims to limit global warming to well below 2C above pre industrial levels, a ceiling deemed dangerous by scientists. It’s important to note the White House decision does not directly impact climate talks at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Shipping was not included in the Paris Agreement and negotiations on maritime pollution control, the use of HFO in polar waters and CO2 cuts are the focus of IMO. On Friday the EU and China will announce a new range of collaborative measures on climate, including a pledge to “reinforce cooperation” at the IMO. But with the US accounting for 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions, Trump’s decision raises the pressure on all major industrial sectors to deliver their fair share of carbon cuts.