Summer in Europe… Surprisingly very enjoyable! At least as long as we are visiting friends and families, go on festivals and holidays or simply hang out in Berlin – very suitable place to do so by the way. Unfortunately even in Berlin there are also bills to be paid. As we don’t like to jump into cold (and murky) waters, we kept ourselves busy with some work for our favourite German NGO, PowerShift, and the European trade network: Seattle To Brussels (S2B network).
In case you are not only caring about the underwater world and its beauties, maybe even feel like sticking your nose in some dirty policy business and corporate power play, take a look at our side project: The ISDS Files.
“ISDS is a mechanism engraved in (bilateral) investment treaties or an investment chapter of trade agreements which allows multinational corporations to sue governments in ad hoc tribunals. It is an extrajudicial system with special privileges and rights just for one class: Foreign investors, giving them more power relatively to citizens and governments. The implications of this system are really dangerous as well as a pretty costly affaire for governments and ultimately tax payers. All sorts of public policies are under attack around the world as our little selection of ISDS files is showing. And this is merely the tip of the iceberg.”
The Philippines. Tropical paradise consisting of more than 7000 islands. More importantly, as part of the Coral Triangle, the Philippines offers some great diving. In this video we’ll introduce you to some of the lesser known creatures of the sea. The weird and wacky critters that make the oceans such an interesting and fantastic place to be!
Unfortunately we don’t have the time to work on our website at the moment. So many things we wanna show you, write about, explore, connect with, … But other stuff is keeping us busy for now. Nevertheless we are trying to use our Devocean Pictures Facebook page regulary. Please, get involved because like with everything in life:
Thank you! And we promise new clips, more photos, and overall content and (background) information soon.
For self-awareness and personal development highly recommendable, for exploiting the ocean maybe not so much.
Even though the deep-sea floor is „the most abundant habitat type on Earth. And we know almost nothing about it.“ Conservation International is pointing out the environmental threats of this new underwater hype.
As Deep-sea mining is becoming technically available claims have been made: „Since 2001, the ISA has granted 26 of these contracts covering more than 1 million square kilometers [386,000 square miles] of seabed. Eighteen of them were granted in the last four years“ (Opportunity, calamity in the balance amid plans to mine the deep sea by Molly Bergen). Dr. Jack Kittinger, director of Conservation International’s Hawai‘i program, wants the International Seabed Authority to „establish regional networks of no-mining marine protected areas (MPAs) in all the places where they are licensing mining contracts — and we are urging them to do this before mining starts.“
A very honarable goal (details in Science), though we have to admit that we are not expecting companies to share Dr. Jack Kittinger’s understanding of MPAs as „a win-win for both the planet and the reputation of the countries and companies involved in mining.“
The first deep-sea mining Solwara 1, which aims to mine the Bismark seabed for high grade copper and gold, in Papua New Guinea by Nautilus Minerals, a Canadian company, stays highly controversial. Papua New Guineans are far from happy about the project and are calling for it to ban experimental deep sea mining while the company is downplaying the risks.