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Submerged UK

A climate campaign

By Lauren Darn

the campaign message

The photographs in this campaign are theatrical visualisations of a flooded Britain, intended to encourage you to imagine what could happen to low-lying towns and cities in the event of a 4°c rise in average temperatures. Millions of people currently live on land at risk from coastal flooding, and it will be impossible to build sufficient sea defences to protect every community. As polar ice caps continue to melt, coastlines will be submerged on every continent and it will be necessary to redraw our maps of the world. Humans are now the dominant cause of sea level rise, and it is more important than ever that each and every individual takes responsibility for anthropogenic climate change by adopting sustainable and low impact lifestyles. We all have enormous power to change the world if we, as billions of individuals, work together towards a common goal.

RISING SEAS IN THE UK

‘Sea level rise poses a significant threat to UK wildlife. We’re already seeing changes in the availability and quality of intertidal habitat and this is set to continue. This is really bad news for our wading birds which use these areas as foraging grounds. Similarly species such as little terns, which nest in colonies on sand and shingle beaches above the high tide line, will be vulnerable to increased storm events and the loss of their nesting habitat.’

Bex Lynam. North Sea Marine Advocacy Officer. North Sea Wildlife Trusts, 2017.

Rising seas can send ocean water further inland. When this salt water contaminates it, fresh groundwater becomes useless for drinking or farming.

Greenpeace International, 2012.

If sea-level in the Thames estuary was to rise by 50cm... we could expect a storm to overtop the barrier once per 150 years. Similarly, a sea-level rise of 100cm would increase the frequency of flooding to an average of once in only 12 years! 

From Ice to High Seas: Sea-Level Rise and European Coastlines, 2013.

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4°c

RISE IN TEMPERATURE

1.9m

HOUSEHOLDS AT SIGNIFICANT RISK OF FLOODING

30%

POTENTIAL INCREASE IN CO2 CONCENTRATIONS IN THE ATMOSPHERE

statistics

This data was collected from p.32 of the 2016 CCC report on climate change:

climate timeline

This timeline records the history of anthropogenic climate change thus far, taking into account the causes, the surrounding studies, population changes, global temperatures and the effects of these changes on people, landscapes and wildlife. 

#climatehope #Climateaction

The SubmergedUK campaign is about raising awareness, but it's also about empowering people to make positive changes. On the Get Involved page you will find links to a range of advice about how to live in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly way. I wish you all the best of luck! If we all get stuck into a bit of #climateaction we can truly make this a turning point for our planet.