My photograph of a pod of pelagic dolphins traversing an offshore gas field is one of the most poignant climate change images I have taken. The juxtaposition of marine biodiversity and industry on the high seas encapsulates the dangers of climate change on our marine ecosystems.
While natural gas is cleaner burning than coal, predicted CO2 emissions will still remain too high to prevent ocean acidification, sea level rise, disruption of upwelling currents and generally warmer seawater temperatures. All of which can negatively impact on the health and ecology of ocean wildlife.
Only by embracing renewable energy sources (solar, wind, tides, waves, geothermal) will we be able to ensure that our oceans remain healthy and thus in turn continue to sustain humanity on our blue planet.
For the 10th anniversary of Earth Hour, I’m joining the #MakeClimateMatter online community. Earth Hour is the world’s biggest movement for action on climate change. Sign up to take part on 25th March at 8.30pm at wwf.org.uk/earthhour