2021 Conference on Deep Seabed Mineral Mining

Event Date: 
December 17, 2021

Proponents of seabed mining often cite the need for seabed minerals in order to manufacture clean energy technologies like electric vehicle batteries. However, significant gaps still exist in scientists' understanding of the ecological impacts of seabed mining. Opponents of mining say that it needs to be delayed until scientific understanding is sufficient to guarantee that catastrophic environmental impacts will not result.

The Renewable Natural Resources Foundation's 2021 conference speakers will discuss various elements of this debate, including:

  • The ecology of the seabed and gaps in our current knowledge of seabed mining's environmental impacts
  • Recent calls for a moratorium from grassroots organizations, NGOs and corporations
  • Current governance issues related to the International Seabed Authority, including the two-year rule and the viability of a moratorium
  • The possibility of addressing the climate crisis without mining the deep seabed
  • Perspectives and activities from the U.S. Department of State

When: December 17, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

More information here. Register here.

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