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The High Seas treaty is finalized!

A drawing depicting a colorful coral reef
This poster was created by Ruairí Valentine. Ruairí is an artist and writer based in London, and sometimes Cornwall, UK. Their practice engages with ideas around intimacy and transformation of the self and wider society, by imagining queer speculative futures and celebrating the beyond-the-human connections we share with other beings in the world around us right now. You can find their work on social media @ruairi_valentine.
This post is a part of the 'Positivity Posters' live art installation at New York Climate Week 2023, where Climativity teamed up with 8 artists to highlight the best news story of each month of the year.

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The Story

The "High Seas" lie in international waters and therefore aren't governed by any state. This means they also aren't protected.

About 20 years ago, countries around the world set out to change this. Negotiations, setbacks, and treaty drafts took place over the net two decades. And finally, the international treaty was signed and sealed!

This could not have come at a more important time. The life that resides in these areas of the ocean is under threat. Overfishing, pollution, and climate change are not a good combination for our fishy friends.

Yet this treaty's primary focus is to protect biodiversity. UN countries will do this by establishing large-scale marine protected areas and funding research to protect these areas long-term.

This story means that these marine areas that represent 95% of the world’s total habitat by volume will make big strides toward conservation.

The High Seas Treaty, Explained
The first international agreement to protect the world’s oceans

Take Action

As great as this treaty is, there's nothing thus far that explicitly bans deep-sea mining. Make your voice heard by signing this petition alongside 962,974 others who are demanding the world stop deep sea mining before it even starts.