Save the Polar Bears by Harnoor Gill

Feb 21st, 2013 | By | Category: Youth Blog

IMG_0357Youth Blogger Harnoor Gill (Photo credit: H. Gill)

Save wild life and save yourself. Think about the polar bear; what will it do when there isn’t any ice? Will you be there to bear the sight? – Anonymous
Our wildlife in Canada is becoming severely endangered; wildlife which includes the polar bears that reside in the glaciers towards Upper Canada. These polar bears deserve a chance at life because they are nature’s creatures as well. If you look back 30 years, you will notice that these beautiful creatures have undergone a significant change in their population in a matter of 3 decades because of the underlying cause of global warming that is severely affecting the Arctic Polar Caps. In order for everyone to know about this issue, there is a day that recognizes the polar bears plight. It is called the International Polar Bear Day and will be celebrated on February, 27th 2013. This international day was created to raise awareness about the low numbers of polar bears and to let people know that we need to make big decisions in order to make the big changes that will help the environment, the polar bears, and the world.

According to the WWF (World Wildlife Fund), this magnificent creature of the Far North is the world’s largest terrestrial carnivore but its status is currently vulnerable because of climate change, which is impacting polar bear habitats and reducing the polar bear population. There is currently about 20-25,000 polar bears worldwide. With the Arctic Polar Ice-Caps melting extremely fast, the polar bears are being pushed South where they are getting used to the sea-ice climate of the Western Hudson Bay. Polar bears need our help and they need our help NOW because they are being threatened with extinction which could affect LIFE on Earth severely. Polar bears are a marker of the health of our ecosystem, and their pending extinction signals catastrophic impacts on all of life’s systems. The polar bears deserve the respect and love that all creatures deserve on this lovely planet.

International Polar Bear Day is a time to give and nourish, and rid the mind of any negative thoughts towards these terrestrial carnivores that inhabit the land up North. There are things you can do to help save the polar bears: Reducing the things you buy, buying only what you need; walk, take the bus, car pool and ride your bike when you can; recycle your stuff. That will help to reduce the greenhouse gasses that are causing climate change and melting the ice caps. You can also raise awareness about this cause by letting others know that they need to support it because life on Earth depends on the same needs as those of creatures like sharks and polar bears. Some ways to do this are: Posting this article on your Facebook wall; sending this as a link; asking your Green club/team to assist you in this matter. Polar bears need our assistance to rise up and overcome their endangered species status. Don’t forget to visit the following links to learn more about this ongoing issue:
http://www.wwf.ca/conservation/species/polarbears/?

http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/our-work/community-outreach/save-our-sea-ice

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNJnVkttdRA

http://pages.uoregon.edu/recycle/PolarBear/index.htm
In conclusion, we hope you have a fun and snowy International Polar Bear Day celebrating the polar bears and life on earth. It’s also an important day to support the ongoing work of ecologists around the world who are working hard to sustain the small numbers of these great species.

Have a happy and merry International Polar Bear Day!

 

 

By Harnoor Gill, Volunteer Youth Blogger

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One Comment to “Save the Polar Bears by Harnoor Gill”

  1. Brianna says:

    http://www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades/drink-pouch-brigade-r.html
    the link above is a cool website that give suggestions for recycling and can help with saving the Polar Bear. Let me know how it works out for you.

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