The Non-Governmental Organization Greenpeace released a selection of the more shocking images related to climate emergency that marked the milestones of 2020. Last year was marked by the irruption of the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19) in all parts of the globe and for many months it was the focus of all eyes. However, amidst the health crisis, the world faced forest fires, heat waves, hurricanes and typhoons.
« This collection of photos is to applaud activists and photo and video professionals who risked their lives during the pandemic to witness these incidents and to make sure they were documented for the world to see. We have reached a climate tipping point and we must act now, « the NGO said on its official website.
Fires in Australia
When the coronavirus was just a Chinese virus and had not yet achieved notoriety, it would acquire a month later, the news was the devastating fires that struck Australia and that destroyed almost 11 million hectares and caused at least 29 deaths.
It is estimated that more than one billion birds, mammals and reptiles, many exclusive to Australia, died or suffered serious consequences. Volunteer firefighters from the Rural Fire Service witnessed how the “mega” fire in New south Wales approached the limits of the small town of Tumbarumba in the Snowy mountains.
One of the most important tennis competitions in the world, the Australian Open or Australian Open 2020 it took place while the country burned.
Fires in Australia. © Kiran Ridley / Greenpeace
Research in Antarctica
Chinstrap penguins and gentoo penguins they fish on an iceberg near the island Half Moon. A group of scientists carried out an expedition to investigate and document the impacts of the climate crisis in that area in order to « protect the oceansThe photo was taken in the last part of that year-long journey from the North Pole to the South Pole.
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Deforestation in the Chaco
He great Chaco is he second largest forest in South America, after the amazon. 3,400 species of plants, 500 species of birds, 150 mammals, 120 reptiles and indigenous communities inhabit the area. In the last 3 years, Argentina lost 8 million hectares of forests to agriculture and intensive livestock. The deforestation climate change worsens and generates extreme phenomena such as droughts and strong storms.
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The great australian barrier reef face your third discoloration in 5 years. In Magnetic island, damsel fish (Neopomacentrus bankieri and Pomacentrus moluccensis) and golden butterfly fish (Chaetodon aureofasciatus) swim beside Acropoca corals bleached.
Coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef. © Victor Huertas / Greenpeace
New fire in the Amazon
Every year, Greenpeace Brazil fly over the Amazon to monitor the deforestation and the forest fires. In July 2020, overflights were made at points with Deter (a system for detecting deforestation in real time) and fire alerts from the Inpe (National Institute for Space Research) in the states of For and Mato Grosso.
« This year, just like last, fires in the Amazon are not an accident. They are intentionally generated by farmers and land grabbers to expand the agricultural-livestock frontier and are made worse by the anti-environmental agenda of (Jair) Bolsonaro. Indigenous communities are at the greatest risk, as fire threatens their homes, livelihoods and health, « Greenpeace explained.
New fires in the Amazon. © Christian Braga / Greenpeace
Floods in Africa and Asia
The most devastating flood season in history is wreaking havoc in many countries: China, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Japan, Indonesia, Pakistan, Thailand, South Korea, Kenya, Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen. Globally, more than 50 million people suffered the impacts of these floods and this number will continue to increase, especially taking into account the evidence that the climate crisis will worsen if efficient policies are not applied to reduce global emissions.
Heavy rains cause destruction in Kyushu, Japan. © Masaya Noda / Greenpeace
Actions in the ocean
Greenpeace activists address the Taganrogskiy Zaliv reefer ship (Linked to Laskaridis Shipping Ltd.), for an inspection. The ship was on its way to drop off its cargo and the ship hope Greenpeace was in the last part of the campaign « Protect the oceans”, Navigating from Arctic to Antarctica. This almost a year expedition, the largest yet, showed the threats facing the oceans and served to demand a Global Treaty to protect international waters.
Actions in the ocean. © Andrew McConnell / Greenpeace
Sustainable agriculture in Kenya
Kenyan farmers apply ecological practices to achieve more resilience and deal with climate change. The country’s food system is devastated and industrial agriculture threatens its security. These practices affect not only the environment, but also the small producers that currently feed Kenya.
Burning Paw Paw leaves to have an ash consistency.
© Paul Basweti / Greenpeace
Fire in california
The fires destroyed much of the Angeles national forest and threatened the historic observatories of the mount Wilson. The fires exceeded 40 thousand hectares, becoming the largest in Los Angeles history.
This is just one of the fires that hit California in 2020. Fire seasons are getting longer and more intense. The rise in temperature caused by the climate crisis dries up forests and other natural areas, making them more likely to catch fire. People are losing their lives, their houses, their belongings and their livelihood. Native species are dying and the forests we all depend on are disappearing. This year, with the additional risk of Covid-19, people face a more risk to your health, as the fires increase and the air pollution.
Trees burned along the Los Angeles Freeway as fires topped 40,000 acres on the morning of Sept. 21, near Wrightwood, California. © David McNew / Greenpeace
Ecological disaster in Kamchatka
Animals from the seabed were found dead on the coast. At the moment several hypotheses are considered, such as the spill of toxic substances from a pesticide landfill, spills of other objects and harmful algal blooms. There are no conclusions, the investigation continues. The prosecutor’s office admitted that the government’s actions to find out the reasons were inopportune, while also revealing many other environmental violations in Kamchatka. The government decided to close the pesticide dump and establish a monitoring system to reveal problems in the ocean early.
Ecological disaster in Russia. © Elena Safronova / Greenpeace
Back-to-back typhoons hit the Philippines in November, causing flooding that left more than 3 million displaced people. Until November 17, damages to agriculture reached $ 256 million and damage to infrastructure reached $ 165 million. President (Rodrigo) Duterte declared in a state of calamity the entire Luzon island, to enable the mobilization of support and recovery funds. Regardless, the population used social media to demand that the government take responsibility for its lack of preparation and to pursue climate justice.
Aftermath of typhoons. © Basilio H. Sepe / Greenpeace
Reefs in danger
The mangroves of Raja Ampat, Papua, IndonesiaThey are home to many exotic species and are vital for the survival of young fish. Unfortunately, this ecosystem is threatened by damage to coral reefs and for the plastic pollution.
Wonders under the sea. © Paul Hilton / Greenpeace