WWF World Nature Fund, Nature and Youth and Greenpeace are among the organizations that are now demanding that Norway reconsider.
– If Norway does not turn things around and open its waters to the destructive industry, Støre will have to accept the consequences and give up the place, says general secretary Karoline Andaur of the WWF World Wildlife Fund.
The government said this summer that it wants to open up the search for seabed minerals on the Norwegian continental shelf.
– When we submit a notification to the Storting about opening up the extraction of seabed minerals, it is to see and discover whether extraction can take place profitably, sustainably and responsibly, said Oil and Energy Minister Terje Aasland. Today’s business when the proposal was presented on 20 June.
Environmental organizations believe that this intervention in nature is in direct conflict with Norway’s commitment in the Ocean Panel to manage the ocean “100 percent sustainable». The panel was established in 2018 and consists of heads of government from 14 countries. Støre took over from Erna Solberg as manager in 2021.
In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister’s office, the environmental movement points out, among other things, that the intervention could risk exterminating species we do not know exist, and endanger the world’s fish stocks.
Demonstrations have been announced outside the Storting on Monday, in addition to outside Norwegian embassies in 19 countries around the world.