Act for justice in PNG on logging and seabed mining
The Pre-Sessions for Papua New Guinea’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) were heard in Geneva in March. The Society submitted a paper for this UPR as well as a combined submission with other NGOs (Edmund Rice Foundation, Franciscans International and five other groups). We the Sisters continue to advocate for justice in PNG and ask you to sign two petitions on logging and seabed mining.
Stop the illegal logging
Your help is urgently needed by indigenous communities in Papua New Guinea who are seeing their forests illegally destroyed by foreign-owned logging companies.
These companies are stealing logs, destroying the valuable forest environments communities rely on for their subsistence and subjecting local people to violence and abuse.
The National Forest Board oversees the management of forest resources in PNG and is the body with the power to act and stop the logging. But we need to pursuade the Board members to take action.
Stop experimental seabed mining in the Pacific
Experimental seabed mining could soon begin in the Pacific Ocean despite the risk of an environmental catastrophe and the fact it is not a sustainable development option for indigenous people.
Civil society groups across the region are calling on Pacific leaders to slow down on this dangerous and untried new industry – but we need YOUR support for the petition.
Experimental seabed mining will completely destroy underwater hydrothermal vents. These vents contain mineral deposits but are also rich and unique eco-systems which contain many species which are yet to be discovered and which scientists believe could hold the secrets to the origins of life.
The mining will also involve the transport, stockpiling, trans-shipment and processing of mineral ores and produce millions of tons of toxic wastes, all of which will occur close to coastal communities that rely heavily on a healthy sea for their diet and income.
While the mining is being hyped as good for island nations, indigenous poeple in countries like Papua New Guinea have not seen any tangible benefits from decades of mining on land and have suffered a number of environmental disasters and a civil war as a result.