The Final Frontier: Deep-Sea Privatization and Local Resistance

Host/Sponsor: 
Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office
Room: 
Timeslot: 
Abstract: 
Deep-sea mining is at the cutting edge of economic exploitation of the oceans, with coastal communities in the global South being used as testing grounds. The ecological, social, economic hazards remain unknown. Facing these risks, local communities are leading the resistance and demanding a stop to such extractivism unless suitable social and ecological standards are met.
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Natassa
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Romanou
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
NASA-Goddard Institute
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Natassa Romanou is a climate scientist at the NASA-Goddard Institute of Space Studies and an activist with SYRIZA-New York and ecosocialist groups in the US and Greece.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Kai
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Kaschinski
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
Fair Oceans
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Kai Kaschinski, biologist, journalist, political activist and teacher in vocational training. He is chair of “fair oceans”, a German NGO working on marine politics and development that is closely working together with ecological and developmental NGOs from Europe and the global South.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Christoph
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Spehr
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
Die Linke, Germany
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
Christoph Spehr is a historian, journalist, author and political activist. He is co-chair of “fair oceans”, a German NGO working on marine politics and development. 2008-2015, he has been regional chairman of the Left Party (Bremen).
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator First Name: 
Christina
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Last Name: 
Tony
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Bismarck Ramu Group, Papua New Guinea
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Biography: 
I am Christina Tony, a Pacific Islander from a Melanesian country called Papua New Guinea. Since 2014 I have been privileged to be part of Bismarck Ramu Group, a grass-roots led organization that is people-centered. Bismarck Ramu Group has been working alongside communities since 2009 to stop experimental seabed mining from becoming a reality in our Solwara (Sea). I plan to share how my journey has been so far with this campaign.
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Ethan
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Earle
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office
 

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