Climate activist protests underwater to protect the world’s largest seagrass meadow

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Thousands of marine species rely on the Saya de Malha seagrasses for food and habitat. A marine scientist has dived below the waves in the Indian Ocean to call for more action against climate change. Shaama Sandooyea protested above the world’s largest seagrass meadow, which is vital for its role in absorbing climate-warming carbon dioxide. The world is losing some 7% of its seagrass cover per year due to dredging, rising ocean temperatures and other factors. In a remote stretch of the western Indian Ocean, a 24-year-old Mauritian marine scientist donned a snorkel and dived below the choppy waves to float in protest above the world’s largest seagrass meadow. Holding a placard reading ‘Youth Strike for Climate,’ Shaama Sandooyea held her breath and hoped the images from her action would help spark more aggressive global action to fight climate change. The vast stretch of seagrass at the Saya de Malha Bank has become a priority for conservation partly for its role in absorbing climate-warming carbon dioxide. Elsewhere, the world is losing some 7% of its seagrass cover per year due to dredging, rising ocean temperatures and other factors. Thousands of marine species also rely on the Saya de Malha […]

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