Scenes from the seabed: the future of dissent. Inequities between those who have grown rich off hydrocarbon culture and the predominantly poor people who are low- level hydrocarbon consumers but at greatest initial risk from the climate crisis. Describe these two examples and what they each symbolize. President of maldives planted a flag in the seabed during his underwater cabinet meeting where he pledged the country to become carbon neutral within ten years. Was an explicit bid to turn the slow-motion urgency of a nation"s fate into a newsworthy event. Not of national ascent but of national decline, as a nation-state subsides toward obliteration. Russian submarine descended to the seabed beneath the north pole and planted a russian flag. Melting ice exposing previously inaccessible mineral and energy deposits - led other countries to join the controversy with claims of their own.