When this image was first released last December, climate change deniers accused us of falsifying facts, sensationalism and distributing fake news. Nearly three months later, the debate that this image, and it’s accompanying video, ignited has come full circle. The video was the most watched, and one of the most significant, in the history of National Geographic and the most widely shared climate change story of the year. Reports from reputable scientific organizations support the prediction that more bears will starve to death if we don’t do something to first stop, and then reverse, the negative impacts of climate change.
Adding insult to injury, Canada is the only country that still allows polar bear hunting by non-indigenous people, with an average 96 bears being killed for trophy every year since 1995. In 1981, that number was four.
We need to show the world how urgent it is to protect polar bears and deal with climate change. We will continue to do so with images and stories and, more importantly, with actions. These actions come in the choices we each make everyday and by pushing for a new economy that is not based on fossil fuels; a Third Industrial Revolution. Check out @sea_legacy for help.
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Photo by @cristinamittermeier // caption by @sea_legacy