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Native America Calling: Indigenous resistance to deep-sea mining
Monday, April 17, 2023

Indigenous resistance to deep-sea mining
Researchers and environmental advocates don’t know much yet about mining minerals off the bottom of the ocean floor.

But the race to learn is on because large mining companies will soon start scooping up unrefined cobalt, manganese, copper, and nickel from the sea bed to help satisfy growing demand for such metals for things like batteries. The environmental activist group Greenpeace lists Indigenous groups from at least 34 nations that have come out against the practice.

MY Arctic Sunrise Arrives in Kingston, Jamaica
Kingston, Jamaica – The 28th Session of the International Seabed Authority starts on 16th March with world delegates gathering in Kingston, Jamaica less than two weeks after the Global Ocean Treaty was agreed at the United Nations. The meeting is a critical moment for the future of the oceans as deep sea mining companies are rushing the start of this risky industry. Photo © Martin Katz / Greenpeace

Guests on Native America Calling
Today on Native America Calling, we do a deep dive with:

Dr. Brittany Kamai (Native Hawaiian), astrophysicist, water woman, and ocean advocate

Noah Paoa (Rapa Nui), Ph.D candidate with a focus on sea level rise at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology.

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