The Avaaz petition in support of a Network member’s advocacy campaign in Papua New Guinea is found here - with your help, we can break 1 million signatures. For more information about the case, advocacy campaign, and the Lawyers for Resource Justice initiative, continue reading below:
Our Global Legal Empowerment Network and Namati’s Community Land Protection Program have been working together on a new Lawyers for Resource Justice (LRJ) Project together with Avaaz and the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP).
One of our Network members , the Bismark Ramu Group in Papua New Guinea, has requested assistance from the LRJ initiative in recent months. The Bismarck Ramu Group has been mobilizing for years against what would be the world’s first deep seabed mining project off the coast of PNG by a Canadian mining company, Nautilus Minerals.
In response to the LRJ application, ISLP pro bono staff have recently visited PNG and Avaaz has started an international advocacy campaign in support of community members - and they are closing in on 1 million signatures! To sign the petition, visit the campaign website: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/png_nautilus_sust/?copy
From the Avaaz website:
A Canadian mining company has a license for an insane idea that could become a planetary disaster: the world’s first deep sea mine.
We all know how toxic mines can devastate land-based ecosystems – imagine corporations unleashed to dig up the ocean floor for minerals, far from any scrutiny. It’s the last thing our dying oceans need!
The good news is the company is having trouble raising funds. Let’s drop an ocean of condemnation on this project, scare any further investors away, and make sure this horrific new threat to our environment dies quickly. Sign the petition, which will be publicised and sent to every potential investor!
To the government of Papua New Guinea and prospective investors: “As concerned citizens from around the world, we call on you to do your part to halt Nautilus Minerals’ efforts to rip apart the ocean floor in Papua New Guinea. Deep sea mining could be catastrophic for our climate and biodiversity. Our ecosystems are fragile and we simply don’t know the risks posed by this kind of industrial activity. You have the power to unlock untold damage to the health and future of our planet, or to set a critical precedent of protection – we ask you to act with that responsibility in mind.”
The Lawyers for Resource Justice initiative seeks to connect national and grassroots organizations with high-level international lawyers who can provide customized legal support, advice, training and leverage in international jurisdictions. Working together, local organizations and volunteer lawyers develop legal strategies to help communities prevent or remedy damages from large-scale resource development projects. For more information, visit: https://namati.org/lawyers-for-resource-justice/