Coast Mountains #16, British Columbia, Canada, 2023 "Recent reports on the world's remaining glaciers provide sobering news.  Estimates are that most of the glaciers in western Canada will be lost by melting in the next 80 years.  They may all be gone by the end of this century.  My daughters, who are in their 20s, will not be looking at the same world when they are my age.  These images are a reminder of what is being lost - the remains of ancient ice and an essential resource for ecosystems and freshwater in these parts of the world.

This cold scene in the Coastal Mountains of British Columbia, Canada is one to behold – but enjoy it while you can because it may not be like this for long.

When snow falls in such places, it freezes into thick ice that flows over the land and forms a glacier, creating large reservoirs of water that can sustain life as they melt. It is an ancient and important resource.

The process of glaciation has been occurring throughout most of Earth’s history. But many of them are at risk of becoming glacial relics. Lost, says photographer and artist Edward Burtinsky.. This is the message behind this picture. New work Exhibition in Flower Gallery in London from 28 February to 6 April.

Burtinsky took a shot from a helicopter and was surprised to see that the glaciers had shrunk dramatically compared to 20 years ago, when he last visited. The glaciers in this range are 150,000 years old, but are shrinking rapidly due to warming as a result of human activity.

“When it’s gone, it’s gone, and the whole ecosystem and the whole system of life is changed forever,” Burtinsky says. He says his photos are meant to be a reminder of what has been lost. New work Also focuses on soil erosion in Turkey and the impact of coal mining on Australia.

Burtinsky is currently exhibiting in another exhibition in London, Extraction/Abstraction. It also explores the human impact on the planet and is at the Saatchi Gallery until May 6.