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Norway Faces Continued Pressure on Deep Sea Mining  

Pressure on Norway to stop deep sea mining is intensifying with protests planned around the world today. Investors have already voiced strong opposition to the plans which will see Norway open 281,000 square kilometres of its ocean – an area larger than the size of the UK – to deep seabed mining in the sensitive Arctic. Campaigners believe this is in direct conflict with Norway’s role in the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy and have sent letters demanding that Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre resigns to over 20 Norwegian embassies on all continents. There are also protests today outside the embassies. Gina Gylver, Chair of Young Friends of the Earth Norway (Natur og Ungdom), said: “We are so grateful that activists across the world are joining forces to put pressure on the Norwegian government. Many think of Norway as a ‘green’ nation, but the dangerously rapid opening process for deep sea mining with a catastrophic lack of knowledge, reveals what’s really going on. Our prime minister Støre, cannot say yes to deep sea mining and continue to be the leader of the International Ocean Panel. Our country has to prove for the world that we act on science, not prestige.” 

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