Arctic on the Edge - Cop 15 UN Climate Change Conference, Copenhagen
Wecommunic8 were delighted to work with WWF's Arctic Programme to create a photographic exhibition that formed the centrepiece of their Arctic messaging in Copenhagen for the COP 15 UN Climate Change Conference. The UN climate conference was of critical importance to both WWF’s goals and the world as a whole. A highly visible Arctic presence leading up to and during the negotiations served as a constant reminder to delegates and media that we must all must take urgent and decisive action, and that the governments at this meeting must lead the way.
"I have approached you because of our previous success working together on the highly successful Earth from the Air and Spirit of the Wild street galleries a couple of years ago and more recently the gallery outside the county hall in Copenhagen for Cop 15" - Anthony Field, Senior Campaigner WWF
'The Arctic is one of the last places where humans have stepped lightly enough to avoid major changes to the environment. That is now under threat, as the virtual footprint of millions of people around the world is being tracked across the Arctic by climate change.
Nowhere on Earth are the effects of global warming more apparent and alarming than in our polar regions. Thinning and retreat of the Arctic sea ice and the thawing of frozen ground are on track to unleash a torrent of climate change feedbacks that will wash away ecosystems that have evolved over thousands of years. These same climate feedbacks will also amplify global warming to levels dangerous to life in many parts of the world far removed from the Arctic.
As the ice recedes, more accessible Arctic lands and waters will increase world-wide competition for resources that are becoming scarcer in the south, leading to more commercial and military activity that could further threaten an already fragile ecosystem. We need to take action now to protect the Arctic – and the livelihoods of the people who live there. Firstly, we must slow the impacts of climate change, and secondly, we must try to find ways to buffer the impacts of climate change. Only by doing both will we give natural systems in the Arctic a chance to survive.
This exhibition reminds us of the values that stand to be lost in the Arctic, and shows us some of the emerging threats.'
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