Ban seabed mining, says Cardinal

Naomi Wise | The National aka The Loggers Times | April 11, 2017 

CARDINAL Sir John Ribat is calling on the governments of PNG and the Pacific to ban seabed mining in their countries.

Sir John, who has just returned from Suva, Fiji where he attended a workshop on seabed mining at the Pacific Theological College, said this in support of people living in coastal areas and islands in the Pacific.

“The ocean is home to people living around coastal areas and islands,” Sir John said.

He said they realised the impact the seabed mining will have on the ocean.

“And that is why it is vital we highlight the importance of our lives in association with the sea,” Ribat said.

“My fear is, if this happens, our people will go into the deep ocean to fish.

“We also don’t know how long it will take for the ocean to heal itself after the destruction the seabed mining will cause,” he said.

“Do you want to see our people suffer?”

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Filed under Environmental impact, Human rights, Papua New Guinea

One response to “Ban seabed mining, says Cardinal

  1. Linus Kaidoga

    Thank you Cardinal Sir. God-willing, people in the other high places will take heed of your call which is representative of the population in maritime provinces who stand to lose the source of their livelihood for the profit-hungry few.

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