Polar bears and the decline of the Arctic

Updated: Jul 2, 2021


July 25, 2020

Polar Bears are running out of time. As the Climate Crisis worsens, a scientific study has predicted that by 2100 the species could be gone forever.

The shrinking of Arctic sea ice is already causing populations to struggle and decline as they rely on it for seal hunting, and are now being forced to travel further and further in search of food.

Dr Peter Molnar of the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada says that Polar bears have become the “Poster child of climate change” and that they “are already sitting at the top of the world; if the ice goes, they have no place to go"

Polar Bears are already listed as ‘vulnerable to extinction’ by the IUCN, with climate change listed as one of the main causes.

This is, of course, heartbreaking, but it’s important that we don’t lose hope. There’s still time to save them, and the world, by making important changes both globally and at home.

Dr Steven Amstrup, who created the study and is chief scientist of Polar Bear International, says "The trajectory we're on now is not a good one, but if society gets its act together, we have time to save polar bears. And if we do, we will benefit the rest of life on Earth, including ourselves."

It’s more important than ever that we do what we can for the sake of the planet. Everything is connected, and helping out locally can ripple out and contribute to big, global change. Looking after nature doesn’t just help the polar bears, it helps all life on this planet, including us. So let’s all do what we can.

- Written by Kit from Cambridge Greenpeace

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