AND WHEN YOU LOOK CLOSELY
Greed for profit, mismanagement of resources, mass tourism, overfishing, artificial filling of beaches and climate change threaten the seas and coasts.
Nevertheless, we travel or fly to our dream beaches in summer and winter to relax, bake in the sun, swim in the crystal clear sea, lie under palm trees, eat fresh fish, look directly at the open sea from our hotel room and read a good book by the pool. Beaches are the most popular and visited ecosystem.
Worldwide, they occupy more than one-third of the coastline, but a significant portion is already eroding. By the end of the century, nearly half of the world's beaches could disappear. Global warming is causing sea levels to rise and the ecological cycle to change dramatically. Plants and creatures, in and above the water are becoming extinct due to pollution, overfishing, warming and acidification. Storms and hurricanes become more violent and follow each other more quickly. The effects of climate change are already visible in many places. Inspired by a radio report on the consequences of global warming on the coasts, I have traveled to Mallorca, Barcelona, Rimini and Florida from early 2022 until today to photograph the causes, effects and consequences of this change.
©2022 Anne Gabriel-Jürgens