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Saving the Polar Bear

Updated on October 25, 2014

Arctic Beasts of the North

When I joined the World Wildlife Fund, I got to "adopt" a Polar Bear. They sent me a little plush Polar Bear Cub - so cute! I guess I've always been a fan of these big fluffy white bears. They are so cool (ha!) with their pristine environment - all that white! Ice and Snow looks pretty inviting to this Southern Mississippi girl who knows little of snow and the only Ice I get is in my sweet tea!

Maybe I like them because I'm a Coca Cola freak too. Their Polar Bear campaign might have sold me as much on Polar Bears as it did on Coke. I understand they're doing it again, this time for the Polar Bear's sake. Yay Coke!

photo: FlickerFavorites

Togetherness
Togetherness

Are Polar Bears Losing their Habitat?

Is Global Warming Melting too much Polar Ice?

"Climate-Change", "Global Warming", whatever the politically correct term of the day is, the bottom line affects us all, and it starts with our Polar Bears. They need sea ice to thrive. If they had another couple of thousands of years to evolve and "catch up" with global warming, they may be able to gradually adapt to losing their habitat. But since the ice is melting so fast, they are simply dying instead.

There has been some controversy in recent years as to the degree of the effect the melting sea ice has on the Polar Bears population, but no one can deny that it does have an effect. Couple that with the poaching and even "legal" hunting allowed by Canada (where the majority of the world's Polar Bears live) and we have a serious threat on our hands.

Keep up with how you can help in your own back yard. If we all pitch in, even a little bit, it can make a huge difference.

Here are a few easy Ideas
How You can Help Stop Global Warming:
Plant more trees
Replace air conditioner filter regularly
Cover your pots while cooking
Buy recycled products
Reuse your shopping bags
Buy from local farmer's markets
Eat less meat
Find More tips here:
50 tips to Stop Global Warming

Plan B - How to Stop Global Warming

By Lester Brown — the president of the Earth Policy Institute, a Washington-based environmental think tank

Learn how to become part of the "New Energy Economy"

Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization (Substantially Revised)
Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization (Substantially Revised)

"Provides a comprehensive global solution" to our environmental problems.

Not just a plan to "save civilization" - a plan for making our society "civilized"

 

I love to watch Polar Bears

Mom and Cub
Mom and Cub

Polar Bear Cubs

Completely dependent on their mother for the first year of life, Polar Bear cubs are vital for the survival of the species. They stay with mother in the snow den until ready for spring migration, which is the most treacherous and dangerous part of the young cub's life. The sea ice is a major part of what keeps them alive during this time.

Climate Change Today

"global warming is so much faster than it has been in any of the previous cycles, that there's no time for the vegetation or the animals to adapt to whatever changes are happening.

"With polar bears, in particular, their habitat is completely disappearing because they rely entirely on sea ice"

Beth Shapiro

associate professor of biology,

Penn State

Sea Ice

." The polar bears featured in this movie are calling us to action as their habitat is threatened. Scientists are calling us to action as they study the current data and make concerning predictions for our future. Future generations are calling us to action as they hope to inherit a better world"

Face to Face

"I came face to face with a polar bear and while I was scared, I also felt a deep respect for the fact that I was in this bear's territory and that it was global warming that was forcing this magnificent creature toward the brink of extinction."

Lonnie Dupre

Polar Bears: Excellent Swimmers!

Polar Bears: Excellent Swimmers!
Polar Bears: Excellent Swimmers!

Oh My! Polar Bear Books for Kids! - I loved "What do you Hear" when my son was little!

Care 2: A bit of Good News for Polar Bears - At least it's something!

Care 2 - Polar Bears
Care 2 - Polar Bears

Care2 Cause

Back in 2009, Over 6,000 Care2 members joined with activists throughout the country to send public comments to the Department of the Interior supporting a proposal to end the international polar bear trade.

Read more: Care2 Causes

It's basically a cry to the international community to stop polar bear trophy hunting. It is now illegal for Canadian Polar Bear trophies to be imported into the U.S., and while that helps some, it barely puts a dent in the number of Polar bears killed every year.

Update on this story:

Polar Bear Trophy Hunters in the U.S. Lose Case

--But International Help Still Needed

Andrew Wetzler

Do you love Polar Bears? - Or are you concerned about Climate Change?

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Polar bears are such magnificent creatures and so uniquely suited to their environment. It would be shame for them to become extinct. Great photos and information.

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      Karen Kay 6 years ago from Jackson, MS

      @AliciaMae: I hope not, AliciaMae!~ Thanks for your comment!

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      Karen Kay 6 years ago from Jackson, MS

      @IanMayfield: Thanks Ian! That's a great way to describe climate change. Makes a lot of sense to me!

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      digitaltree 6 years ago

      Interesting Lens, i learned a lot:)

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      AliciaMae 6 years ago

      I saw a polar bear swimming in a zoo exhibit habitat years ago and he plopped his big ol' paw on the glass in front of me - unfortunately the zoos may be the last resort for saving them :(

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      IanMayfield 6 years ago

      Don't know where Serenia is getting her information from, but polar bears ARE seriously endangered: http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/polar-bears...

      And a few colder-than-usual winters do not mean that global warming isn't happening. They're what you would expect from a natural weather pattern. Analogy: if you live in the northern hemisphere, you expect that the temperature on June 30 is, on average, going to be warmer than the temperature on June 1. But you don't expect the temperature to increase linearly on every successive June day. For example, a band of rain might move in and make June 14 a few degrees colder than June 13. Doesn't mean summer isn't coming.

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      Karen Kay 6 years ago from Jackson, MS

      @TeacherSerenia: Thanks for your comment, Serenia. I see you're from Canada - where the majority of the world's polar bears live. I hope you are right, and that they are around for a long time to come. The top of the food chain is the most important in maintaining the health of our oceans.

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      JoyfulReviewer 6 years ago

      Polar bears are such magnificent creatures. Thank you for this thought-provoking lens. We all need to do as much as we can to help protect our environment.

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      TeacherSerenia 6 years ago

      Polar bears are more than capable of looking after themselves - they are NOT becoming extinct. They are thriving in the cold arctic weather.

      As for climate change - It is actually getting COLDER. Have you seen the freezing cold winters they are having in Europe these days? I read an article recently that said that by the year 2014 (thats just 2 years away now) we will be entering a mini-ice age. The last mini-ice age was back in the 1700s.

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      NYtoSCimjustme 6 years ago

      I have always thought Polar Bears such a beautiful animal - I hate to see their habitat being diminished by our reckless disregard for our planet and our ecosystems.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Polar Bears are beautiful creatures, that I have enjoyed getting to know about. I love the mommy and baby bears pictures, they do love each other. ~ May they be protected!

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      Marie 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens, great to write about the plight of Polar Bears losing their natural habitat.

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      Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

      Thank you for writing about polar bears. They are my favorite bears. We need more people writing and talking about them to help preserve them for future generations. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster aka Bearmeister

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