The movement has been going on for quite some time, but no one listened for a large part of that period. Only recently have people been opening their ears and truly listening – trying to understand the details and the consequences of our actions if we don’t act, soon… or rather, now. It’s time to stop wondering if the Arctic ice is melting, and time to start acting.
Most of us here are already aware of the famous An Inconvenient Truth documentary by Al Gore. Most know of his graph that indicates how much the Earth’s temperature has drastically increased, showing how we are the catalysts of this dangerous spike.
Greenpeace has also been lobbying against several giants, such as oil companies, to stop global warming and help the main inhabitants – the polar bears – survive. This animal, along with whales, the caribou and seals, has become an emblematic symbol of the fights environmentalists continue with total abandon to preserve what little is left of nature. And there is a very good reason for it: they are getting incredibly close to losing their habitat.
You see, the polar bear is the only animal on the planet that fully depends on the Arctic ice cap for living, mating and feeding themselves and their young. They don’t live on land and would be completely at lost to do so. The reason for this is that their diet is composed of sea wildlife, such as seals and fish. The melting ice makes it incredibly difficult for them to survive.
Sure, they could live on the northern parts of countries, but this means their food is only available at certain times of the year, instead of year-round. Seals, for example, only swim to shore to give birth to their pups. The rest of the time, they enjoy the sea water and the ice cap where they bathe in the sun.
Furthermore, scientists have discovered that the ice cap is melting at a far great rate than previously predicted; they didn’t know that the CO2 trapped in the ice layers is sufficient to make a very large difference. To view a clear graphic showing the difference documented from 1979 vs. 2012, click here.
Meanwhile, a female polar bear needs to swim miles to find food for her babies, and since they have no other choice but to try and follow their mother to survive, they try, at times not being able to follow… and drown. But why is she forced to go to such great lengths, often putting the lives of those she is trying to save in danger? Because oil companies are paying scientists to lie or, at the very least, twist the truth to make is sound as though this is not happening. This article presents the facts surrounding this disagreement: scientists do agree that there is an abnormal difference.
As for how Greenpeace is going about to inform the public, read this article. I’m sure you will also get a laugh out of it.
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