Greenpeace brought a giant octopus activist to Parliament to expose the government’s lack of ambition on ocean protection.
Ministers have just announced they’re backing a temporary ban on deep-sea mining, which is welcome news, but they’re already undermining that by delaying the ratification of the Global Ocean Treaty and by unleashing more oil and gas drilling.
These decisions pose serious threats to the ocean and marine life, so our Octo-actvist Coral and her friends don’t have the time to wait on political leaders.
She was placed on the riverbank at the foot of the Houses of Parliament by Greenpeace UK’s co-executive director Will McCallum, a week before the King’s Speech – a crucial marker of the government’s priorities for the year ahead.
It’s important that this treaty – one that millions of people campaigned for and the UK government signed at the UN – becomes legally binding before the next election.
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