The Atacama in northern Chile is the driest desert in the world, and may be the oldest.
But lithium mining may be slowly killing the region's ability to sustain life.
Locals are trying to engage with the Chilean government to start curbing the mining, but their pleas seem to be falling on deaf ears.
Watch the video to find out more about this ecological issue that affects the whole world - and why now's the time to maybe see the Atacama before it's too late.
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