Embassy of the North Sea
The Embassy of the North Sea, founded in The Hague in 2018, listens to and involves the voices of plants, animals, microbes, and people in and around the North Sea. Founded on the principle that the sea owns itself, the Embassy makes political space for sea-emancipation through connection, imagination and representation. The Embassy of the North Sea has plotted a route through to 2030, firstly learning to listen to the sea before it learns to speak with it. Finally, it will negotiate on behalf of the North Sea and all the life that it encapsulates.
The Embassy of the North Sea highlights this crisis in our democracies – non-human lives are insufficiently and ineffectively represented, jeopardising the lives of future humans and non-humans alike.
The Embassy listens to and acts on behalf of the sea to create a new, fully-fledged political player representing the sea in all its diversity. Direct political representation of the sea and the life within it is necessary. The North Sea owns itself, and the Embassy is investigating if it could be seen as an independent legal entity.