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Activist Fights to Stop Deep Seabed Mining

By NowThis Earth Published on June 7, 2021

More than 80% of the ocean is unexplored — and this activist says deep seabed mining will destroy things we don’t even know exist.
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Vasser Seydel is the deep seabed mining campaign director for The Oxygen Project, an organization that raises awareness and defends the ecosystems that produce the planet’s oxygen. Seydel says that deep seabed mining — the process of scraping the seafloor at depths below 200 meters for mineral deposits — will have a detrimental effect on the Earth’s climate.

Seydel, who is also the granddaughter of media mogul Ted Turner and a director of the Turner Foundation, says there’s a lot of greenwashing going on by companies that have interests in mining the deep seabed.

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