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Cardiff Bay underwater in image to show impact of climate change

05 Nov 2021 2 minute read
Wales Millennium Centre underwater. Picture by Daisy Lowe

To mark COP26, the National Lottery has released an image showing what Wales’ Millennium Centre would look like if sea levels rose following the expected 1.5 degrees celsius warming in the next decade.

It’s part of a gallery of images made by environmental campaigner Daisy Lowe, which include many different projects financed by the National Lottery around Britain.

The series, which includes images of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, The Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, and the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland, aims to encourage the public to take action now in the fight against climate change.

Campaigner Daisy Lowe said the “climate crisis is everybody’s business, and we all have a responsibility to protect the environment for future generations”.

“Hopefully these images capture people’s imagination to make them act so we can all see what the results might look like – and it’s quite shocking,” she said.

“Thankfully the news is not all bad and you can make a big difference.

“If you’ve always wanted to make a difference in your local community, why not take a look at the money available from the National Lottery?”


The images set out the findings of new research from the National Lottery Community Fund, which reveals what Welsh people are most concerned about in tackling climate change.

When asked how people would tackle the climate crisis if they were in charge, the majority of Welsh adults said they would reduce single-use plastics (63%).

Just over a quarter said they would reduce the number of aircraft flights that people can take each year, while 24% would reduce the number of diesel or petrol cars sold.

The research showed that almost half of Welsh adults (43%) agree that COP26 will motivate them to take more action to tackle the climate crisis.

However, previous Lottery research has shown that 73% of people in Wales admit that they are not doing enough to save the planet.

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Y Cymro
2 years ago

Sadly it’s only when nations & dependencies below sea level start to disappear will the world do anything significant, although by this time it will be too late. We had this week at COP26 in Glasgow many promises & pledges made from countries to reduce their dependency on fossil fuels etc.. And we suffered the sight of Boris Johnson bandstand like a stand-up comic preach how we all should wrap our arms around the world like a big comfort blanket while hiding the fact to his watching world-wide audience that his government might be opening soon a coal mine in… Read more »

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Stephen Morris
2 years ago

This sort of photoshopping jiggery-pokery is silly and meaningless, since:

  1. We all know that Wales could reduce its carbon footprint to zero and it wouldn’t make a blind bit of difference to world sea levels while China is still regularly opening new coalmines, and
  2. In view of the very unlikely risk that sea levels ever do rise anywhere close to this much, the Welsh government ought to be building up our economy so we can afford proper sea defences, rather than leaving us economically as well as climatically defenceless.

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