For many months of the year, polar bears will live on the ice shelf that covers portions of the Artic Sea. This is due to how polar bears hunt for their main food source of seals. The seal provides them with a diet high in much needed blubber that the bear will store as fat for when they return to land during the summer months. They are patient hunters that will carefully watch the breathing holes in the ice the seals use. Some areas of the Arctic, like those off the coast of northern Canada and Greenland (Polar Basin Convergent Sea Ice), are more productive than others. Here seals are more numerous due to productive waters and ocean currents. However, that doesn’t mean life is easier for the bears.
With the increased pressure due to rising temperatures of Climate Change (leading to shorter sea ice seasons), it has never been more important to do all that we can to insure the future for not only polar bears but all living things. There are many simple changes you can make to your daily habits that when added up can make a huge difference. Switch old lightbulbs out for efficient LED bulbs. Turn the thermostat at home down a few degrees and throw on a hoodie (or like me…comfy pjs). Try and carpool when possible. Use a reusable water bottle instead of single use plastics. These are small changes that can cut your carbon footprint drastically. Perhaps one day when can report that all the polar bears have bounced back, and you can say, “I was a part of that.”
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