The disappearance of a major penguin colony in Antarctica, is an example of how climate change is impacting on the survival of species, says Green Party European Election candidate, Senator Grace O’Sullivan.
“Thousands of chicks drowned, when their home was destroyed in severe weather in 2016. Now, three years later, we are seeing the stark reality of the effects of weather extremes caused by Climate Chaos.”
Under normal conditions, says the Senator, who is an ecologist, environmental education specialist and former long-term working activist with Greenpeace, the penguins would have been expected to recover in numbers and start to rebuild their colony.
“Sadly, what we’re seeing is wipeout. The colony had homed up to 25,000 breeding pairs of Emperor Penguins for decades, that’s almost 10% of the global population. The penguins need a stable ice-platform, but the Brunt Ice Shelf they had inhabited is breaking up due to global warming. Scientists are saying the colony essentially disappeared overnight and hasn’t re-established.
“I worked as an environmental and peace activist with Greenpeace for 20 years. When we sailed into the Antarctic regions as in 1986, I saw thousands of penguins of various species. They were already in trouble then, over 30 years ago. Species throughout the world are being decimated by the ravages of Climate Change and pollution. Campaigning for environmental change has been a top priority of mine for the 37 years of my working life. People need to listen, to bring environmentally-aware, Green voices to the political table internationally. We are in a global emergency and there needs to be urgent action.”