We don’t always treat our planet well, and the most beautiful, cherishable places on earth sometimes suffer most acutely from our actions. Just 13% of the world’s oceans remain unspoiled by over-fishing, man-made pollution and climate change. These last few territories are havens for diverse marine life that may soon disappear altogether. Our oceans are under threat as never before.
Reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and working towards a sustainable, low-carbon future is crucial to the protection of our coastlines and high seas. The global temperature increase of 0.7°C since the dawn of the industrial age is impacting entire marine eco systems. With a further rise of up between 1.4°C and 5.8°C predicted by the end of this century, harnessing the sea’s energy to generate electricity may offer us an environmental lifeline.
So yes, some of the solutions to our problems may lie in the oceans themselves, and no organisation is more committed to finding them than Marine Energy Wales.
Part of Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum, Marine Energy Wales is a major player in environmental action and education. Its bespoke education programme, “Coastal Curriculum”, is opening the eyes of young people to the damage we’re causing and sharing the wonders of what we must preserve. It’s channelling the passion and altruism of the next generation, giving them good reasons to care about their environment, follow satisfying, ethical career paths and make full use of their talents here in Wales.
The organisation’s projects marry the best of intentions with the best of human ingenuity. The quest to harness wave energy is a fine example. Working in partnership with Bombora, an Australian ocean power company, Marine Energy Wales has established Pembrokeshire as a centre of excellence for research into low-cost, renewable electricity sources. Bombora’s wave energy converter, the mWave, rests on the sea floor and pumps air through a turbine to generate electricity with zero negative impact on marine life. Testing this year will confirm the scope and potential of mWave. It could completely change the face of marine energy, and South West Wales is at the heart of that change. The region is already benefitting from over £6 million of project investment that’s been committed to local companies. This forward thinking will also impact on the Swansea coastline, with the city’s Tidal Bay Lagoon set to be the largest marine energy development in the world. When fully operational it will generate enough electricity to sustain 155,000 homes for 120 years.
How often have you heard people excuse their own inaction by claiming that one person can’t possibly make a difference?
At Marine Energy Wales they see the world differently. They believe one person’s actions, then another’s and another’s, can make all the difference. Even if your individual act seems like a drop in the ocean, it’s worth remembering that each ocean is made up of those individual drops.
Marine Energy Wales are making good things happen.
On Welsh soil. In Welsh waters.
Making our future sustainable.
Keeping our oceans blue.