Polar bears, currently listed as threatened in the U.S. under the Endangered Species Act, will be extinct by the end of the century if global warming trends continue. With an estimated 20,000-25,000 polar bears left worldwide, living in 20 distinct populations, it's imperative to protect this species.
Oil and gas drilling is polluting and destroying polar bears natural Arctic habitats. While they once lived to be 20-30 years old, in the last few years cub infant mortality rates have rocketed to 70%. Due to global warming, only one third of polar bear cubs will reach the age of two. The sea ice they rely on for survival is melting; polar bears are drowning, starving, and resorting to cannibalism to survive.
Stand with the Center for Biological Diversity and urge President Barack Obama to save the polar bear.
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To: President Barack Obama
In order to save the planet’s polar bears you need to make a commitment to curb greenhouse emissions. There must be a moratorium on oil and gas drilling in polar bears’ habitats to keep their fragile ecosystem from becoming irreparable. In addition, you must prohibit the creation of new coal-fired power plants.
The U.S. must track polar bear populations, their habitats, and examine how global warming is affecting them more holistically. I stand with the Center for Biological Diversity in urging the U.S. to save the polar bear by combating global warming.
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