Greenpeace image of a flooded Marbella marina. :: EFE
Greenpeace has not been put off by the criticism it received for its latest campaign to highlight the dangers of climate change, in which various Spanish cities were portrayed as flooded. In fact it has returned to the same theme and this time it has chosen Marbella.
The environmental organisation launched a new publicity campaign this week in which, through Photoshop, a number of Spanish coastal towns appear to be covered by water. Among them is Marbella, with an image of the marina in which the boats moored there have been sunk by the rise in the water levels and most of the berths have been swept away.
According to Pilar Marcos, in charge of the coastal department of Greenpeace, the organisation is aware that the depiction is not a foregone conclusion.
“The ‘photos’ are fictitious but they do show what could happen if nothing is done,” she says by way of clarification, adding that a flooded Marbella coud be a reality in the year 2100.
On why Greenpeace chose Marbella for this latest campaign in which the Costa del Sol resort appears alongside Benidorm, San Sebastían and an area of unidentified vineyards, a statement from the organisation explains that the Costa del Sol is one of the coastal areas of Spain that has seen an enormous amount of development over the years and therefore has fewer natural defences against flooding which makes it more vulnerable should it actually happen.
The image of a drowned Marbella serves as a good illustration of what might occur on land reclaimed from the sea as a consequence of climate change and the Arctic ice melt.