SDG 14 and SDG 15 — Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development and Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

(1)  Environmental protection and human rights are more important than digitalization. Digitalization cannot be a justification for further exploitation of planet, nature and people. As most minerals and resources needed for digital technologies are still mined under terrible violations of human rights and environmentally disastrous conditions, all states and industries involved in mining and processing raw materials need to take responsibility in protecting human rights and the environment along the supply chain with proper due diligence. The purchase of raw materials cannot be primarily dominated by cheapest prices. This needs to be reflected in foreign trade and economic policies as well.

(2)  Resource consumption, especially in countries of the Global North, has to be reduced to a globally just and sustainable level. Changing economic priorities towards a circular economy, ambitious recycling goals, and a product design based on reusage, repairability, durability and recycling, can significantly decrease resource needs for digitalization. Resource intensive products with no apparent benefit to society, such as RFID tags, should be banned.

(3)  The advertisement  of new products should have to include references on the resource and energy consumption in its production process.

(4)  Any political and economic processes looking for new mineral resources within the deep sea have to stop. The mandate of any member state of the International Seabed Authority should rather be used to stand against exploitation of the deep sea. No scientific projects for the research of deep sea mining in the High Sea or the Exclusive Economic Zones of any state should be financed by public money. Civil society in the Pacific has to be supported, as they are standing at the forefront of this dangerous new destruction of the planet for ever more resources.

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