Ecosystems are under extreme stress. Temperature and sea levels are rising. The world is breaking and we must act. Eco-Journalist Sarah Roberts journeyed to Iceland in February to share with us the climate crisis and investigate what the coolest little country is doing to solve it.
In February 2020 eco-journalist and author, Sarah Roberts, travelled to Iceland to investigate what the coolest little country on earth is doing to confront the climate emergency.
The journey saw Sarah discover receding icebergs and increasing sea levels. From the glacial plateau of Vatnajökull to diving between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, the true expedition aim was one of hope and awareness.
“If we are really going to reduce climate change, we first need to understand why we are doing it and we also need to believe that it’s a battle which we can actually win”
Diminishing icebergs in freezing climates cause unprecedented effects to the environment and vessels trying to navigate amongst them. Small fragments of ice (growlers) and smaller bergs frequently damage ships as they’re hard to distinguish across the ocean.
Rising sea levels from melted ice magnifies coastal erosion, intensifies coastal storms, wildlife lose habitats and economies are suffering the consequences. We’re breaking the world. Climate change is putting ecosystems under extreme stress. We need to act, before it’s really too late.
Located to the South-East of Greenland, Iceland is renowned for its staggering landscapes and dramatic glacial presence. With a population of less than 400,000, they're proving a small island can make a big impact. Iceland is paving the way in combatting climate change. Their ambitious plans to achieve carbon neutrality prior to 2040 and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 are driven by a 48-point-plan to tackle the emergency head on.
The seven day expedition was filled with discovery, emotion and awe-inspiring sights. Find out what Sarah experienced day by day in the Iceland Journals.
It is without a doubt that we are irrefutably and irreversibly damaging our planet, our home. Without action, our environment, our wildlife and our economy will suffer. This is an emergency.