Just days before climate change talks between the world’s leaders begin at COP26 in Glasgow, we have delivered a ‘wake-up call’ directly to the UK government to recognize the ocean’s critical role in fighting the climate crisis.
Together with the Marine Conservation Society we blasted out a dawn chorus of whale song and ocean sounds to the heart of Whitehall in London today - giving voice to the ocean and the need to protect and invest in it.
Wake-up to the Ocean has been developed by acclaimed sound artist Dom Jones, working with producers Lavish. It is inspired by Roger Payne’s 1970 album Songs of the Humpback Whale which galvanized the global Save the Whale movement and supports the One Ocean Flotilla campaign to get ministers governments and policymakers to #ListenToTheOcean.
LISTEN TO THE CALL
We need a healthy ocean to fight climate breakdown, and a healthy ocean needs whales. They fight climate change in a big way by removing as much carbon from the atmosphere as all the rainforests on land. It has been estimated that if baleen whale populations recovered to their pre-whaling numbers, they could store almost a billion trees worth of carbon. Their nutrient rich poo also supports the marine ecosystem, helping the ocean to generate every other breath we take.
This is why we are urging world leaders to recognise the ocean as the planet’s greatest natural asset, and put it at the heart of climate conversations in Glasgow. We are also calling for a drastic increase in climate finance to be spent on ocean recovery.
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