Polar bears live in the Arctic Ocean on the sea ice. The worldwide population of polar bears is between 20 000 and 25 000 animals. Because of ongoing and potential loss of their sea ice habitat resulting from climate change, polar bears were listed as a threatened species in May 2008. The survival and the protection of the polar bear habitat are urgent issues. The goal of this campaign is to help save the polar bears from extinction.

The main threat to polar bears is climate change because it melts sea ice. Climate change, is the result of greenhouse gases. Greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere act like a blanket that keeps the earth warm. Over the past 200 years, humans have greatly increased the level of GHGs in the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels like oil and coal. This is like throwing on a second blanket, causing temperatures to rise and melting sea ice.

Loss of sea ice affects polar bears because there is: reduced access to food (seals), a drop in body conditions, lower cub survival rates, an increase in drowning, an increase in cannibalism, and loss of access to denning areas. Polar bears are now much skinnier, have fewer cubs and the cubs they do have more frequently don’t survive to adulthood. Due to global warming, polar bears must swim for longer and longer distances to reach sea ice and their food source of seals. This often leads to drowning.

There is also some unsustainable hunting of polar bears, so that populations can’t maintain numbers, which keep dropping. Industries that are in the Arctic also threaten polar bears. Oil spills can kill polar bears. Pollution puts toxic chemicals into water and fish, which also poisons polar bears. In addition, noise pollution from offshore petroleum and oil drilling stations makes polar bears less likely to have cubs.

Polar bears, the charismatic icon of the Arctic environment, have long been a focus in World Wildlife Fund for Nature’s on-the-ground research and conservation projects in the Arctic, going back to 1972 – and climate change is a primary focus of its global conservation efforts. Polar Bears International is another organisation working to help save polar bears from extinction.

Scientists say it’s not too late to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to save the polar bear's sea ice habitat—and you can do your part. This is because everyone contributes to climate change. Everyone could take action to reduce their carbon footprint. Even by just turning off lights and not driving as often you can reduce greenhouse gases, so help reduce climate change. Please take actions like these to help save polar bears.

Humans are the main reason polar bears are at risk of extinction, so we should do something about this situation. Please support this campaign.

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