Environment Corner

Species in Polar Regions Hard Hit by Climate Change

By: Sofia (8th)

“I often talk to people who say, ‘No, we have to be hopeful and to inspire each other, and we can’t tell [people] too many negative things’… But, no — we have to tell it like it is. Because if there are no positive things to tell, then what should we do, should we spread false hope? We can’t do that, we have to tell the truth.” The truth is: species that live in different parts of the world are adapted to the temperature in the region of which they live. When faced with climate change that involves an increase in temperature, a species can either move, adapt to the new conditions, or, worst of all, go extinct.

We all know polar bears, penguins, whales, narwhals, etc… We also know where they live and how they survive, but climate change has made a huge dent in their habitat and their livelihood. This creates pressure for Arctic Animals to fight to stay alive therefore putting them in the endangered spectrum. The reason why global warming has become a huge threat to these species, is the vast difference in temperatures. Everyday, because of the constant rise of heat a piece of the artic melts off. To us the Article is the Arctic, but to them it is their land, their home, where they were born, and where they will die.

In fact, the Arctic has lost 95% of its thickest and oldest ice since 1985. The loss of ice causes the sea levels to rise and the Arctic to warm up two times faster than the rest of the planet. Arctic animals are clearly in an unsafe habitat that they call their home. Imagine your home heating up, your friends dying, and your whole livelihood being changed. That is not even the worst of it… along with their land being destroyed, but the water will not be as cold as it used to be. This creates a horrifying view of what just one part of the world will look like; but we can still help to try and put a halt to climate change, and to help save all of the animals suffering from it.

Some ways you can help is by adopting a polar bear. You can go onto the WTTP website to help their cause and find more information. Another way is to donate or sign petitions to Animal Life. Let’s stop and help the endangered regions and animals so not only the arctic can thrive, but the rest of the world too.