Polar bears are considered vulnerable due to the constant decrease in their population. Climate change is certainly the biggest threat for their extinction It results in an ongoing loss of the polar bears sea ice habitat, and surely has a direct effect as they heavily rely on sea ice for hunting, traveling, and resting.1
The Arctic is heating up twice as fast when compare to the rest of the world due to climate change. By far, approximated 770,000 square miles has been lost due to raising temperature which is larger than California and Alaska combined. Hunting for food has become much more difficult for creature like polar bears that rely heavily on sea ice not only for hunting but also to store energy during hibernation in the Summer when it is difficult to find food source. However, as sea ice now starting to melt earlier in spring and form later in fall, polar bears have to spend longer period of time without food causing their health to decline and decreases their chance of survival. In many cases as polar bears suffer from malnutrition which led to lower production rate and eventually extinction since younger polar bears are born with the lack of nutrition from their mothers.1
There are many steps that we can take in order to help stop the extinction of the polar bears by changing our daily lifestyles that cause climate change. The easiest way to start contributing is to spread more awareness people around you and introduce a more sustainable lifestyle to them. Many people still do not have a clear understanding on how this issue will eventually impact their lives, by normalizing this type of conversation, more people will become more aware of their way of living and they will be able to notice what changes they need to apply to their lifestyle. A few small changes can go a long way if the majority of people in the world started to acknowledge the problem and start taking this issue seriously such as walking or riding a bike when traveling in short distance, subscribe to green power for your utility, reduce as much food waste as possible, and minimize your consumption by reduce, reuse, and recycle! 2
- Kruger, Elisabeth. “Polar Bear.” WWF. World Wildlife Fund. Accessed June 9, 2021. https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/polar-bear.
- “Actions with Impact.” How to Help Polar Bears - Polar Bears International. Accessed June 9, 2021. https://polarbearsinternational.org/get-involved/actions-with-impact/.