No one is unaware of the climate changes happening all over the world, but sadly people everywhere turn a blind eye to it but there is this video surfacing on the internet making people rethink about the efforts taken to save the climate.
In the heartbreaking video shot by National Geographic filmmaker Paul Nicklen, a polar bear can be seen starving, and about to die, he is seen dragging his feet to walk, According to NatGeo it is a phenomenon occurring due to muscular dystrophy, induced by malnourishment and weakness.
“We stood there crying—filming with tears rolling down our cheeks,” said Paul Nicklen.Since Nicklen posted the footage, he’s been asked by people why he didn’t try to feed the bear to which he said “Of course, that crossed my mind,” But it’s not like I walk around with a tranquilizer gun or 400 pounds of seal meat.”
And even if I did, said Nicklen, I only would have been prolonging the bear’s misery. Plus, feeding wild polar bears is illegal in Canada.
As per him the purpose of filming this bear is to highlight the issue of a warming climate“When scientists say bears are going extinct, I want people to realize what it looks like. Bears are going to starve to death,” said Nicklen. “This is what a starving bear looks like.”
Now you must be wondering what is the connection between a dying bear and climate and why this news should be taken seriously. Then this is how you should be worried, these polar bears live in the artic and are the first ones to feel the impact of global warming.They mostly feed on seals and rest on sea ice at times and despite, being good swimmers, can’t catch their prey in the water. So when the sea ice melts because of global warming, these polar bears lose their hunting ground. When sea levels rise, they have less room to move and have to migrate to land.
In 2002, a World Wildlife Fund published a report which predicted that climate change could eventually lead to polar bear endangerment or extinction. Even then, the report found that polar bears were moving from ice to land earlier and staying on land longer, unhealthily extending the bears’ fasting season.
What is the poor bear’s fault to die in torture like that?Why we feel that global warming is a common thing and will be controlled on its own?.We need to stop procrastinating and act now.
You can watch Paul’s post here
My entire @Sea_Legacy team was pushing through their tears and emotions while documenting this dying polar bear. It’s a soul-crushing scene that still haunts me, but I know we need to share both the beautiful and the heartbreaking if we are going to break down the walls of apathy. This is what starvation looks like. The muscles atrophy. No energy. It’s a slow, painful death. When scientists say polar bears will be extinct in the next 100 years, I think of the global population of 25,000 bears dying in this manner. There is no band aid solution. There was no saving this individual bear. People think that we can put platforms in the ocean or we can feed the odd starving bear. The simple truth is this—if the Earth continues to warm, we will lose bears and entire polar ecosystems. This large male bear was not old, and he certainly died within hours or days of this moment. But there are solutions. We must reduce our carbon footprint, eat the right food, stop cutting down our forests, and begin putting the Earth—our home—first. Please join us at @sea_legacy as we search for and implement solutions for the oceans and the animals that rely on them—including us humans. Thank you your support in keeping my @sea_legacy team in the field. With @CristinaMittermeier #turningthetide with @Sea_Legacy #bethechange #nature #naturelovers This video is exclusively managed by Caters News. To license or use in a commercial player please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 121 616 1100 / +1 646 380 1615”