Dr. Sylvia Earle on deep sea mining: An ‘illusion of free goods waiting to be captured’

Date: April 25, 2022

Source: Eco Business

Author: Jessica Cheam

Oceanographer Dr Sylvia Earle speaks to Eco-Business in this exclusive podcast about the irreversible damage deep sea mining will cause, the link between the oceans and our global climate, and the role that we can all play in ‘being at peace’ with nature.

From overfishing to pollution to the threats of deep sea mining, the oceans are at a dangerous tipping point, says oceanographer and marine biologist Dr Sylvia Earle.

While the climate crisis has climbed up global agendas, what is equally important is an unfolding ocean crisis that we must urgently address too, says Earle, 86.

Speaking to Eco-Business in a wide ranging interview to mark Earth Day recently, Earle — who is also known as ‘Queen of the Deep’ and ‘Her Deepness’ for her decades of advocacy for our oceans — makes a direct connection between healthy oceans and climate change.

Apart from regulating the climate, influencing global weather patterns, the oceans are also the world’s largest carbon sink. The ocean’s creatures, such as the blue whale, has an estimated US$2 million in carbon-locking value per whale.

Listen to the podcast and read the full article here.

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