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These days, our planet is changing faster than many may believe, and fewer species are in more danger from these changes than polar bears.

Climate change has destroyed the habitat of countless polar bears already, and will undoubtedly lead to the deaths of many more. As the species lingers on the brink of evolutionary truncation, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources is essentially putting the polar bears in greater danger by denying the danger they are currently in.

The IUCN maintains that polar bears are a vulnerable species [1], but that label is based on a fixed survival rate projection, and fails to consider the threat climate change presents to the species. The organization's 35-year outlook doesn't include the consequences of the exponential increase of temperatures, and destruction of habitat, now that we have passed the "point of no return," which the Independent [2] claims will lead to a raise in average planetary temperatures by 1 degree Celsius as early as 2050.

Polar bears travel, hunt, mate, and make their homes on the dwindling seaborne ice, according to the World Wildlife Fund [3]. The habitat for the ringed and bearded seals that polar bears subsist on is being rapidly destroyed at the same pace. Owing to long generational gaps and low reproductive rate, the polar bears are facing a number of threats to their survival that may drive them extinct within the next 30 years.

Ice levels in Antarctica and the Arctic are dipping to record lows, Wired reports [4], with just 3.96 million square miles covering the northern cap. If this trend continues, the Arctic could be ice-free by the mid-2030s.

We can no longer deny the threatened status of the world's polar bears, and demand the IUCN make the same resolution. Sign to tell the IUCN to classify polar bears as "Threatened" species and save them from dying out!

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To the IUCN,

To declare the polar bear as anything less than "Threatened" on your Red List is only helping to banish the species to extinction.

The 35-year outlook the IUCN currently focuses on does not consider the exponentially increasing threat climate change poses to polar bear habitats. Both Arctic and Antarctic ice levels have dipped to record lows, and if this trend continues, the planet's northern cap could be ice-free by the mid-2030s.

Added to that, the low reproductive rates and long generational gaps of polar bear families, and it's clear why their numbers only shrink, year after year.

Human's should not be adding to their plight.

Without acknowledgment from the IUCN of the imminent danger polar bears are in, we may lose the species forever. The people of the world demand you reclassify Ursus maritimes as "threatened," establishing the protections they deserve, and help save the polar bears from going extinct.


Petition Signatures

Jul 21, 2018 valentina halliday
Jul 20, 2018 Nancy Willetts
Jul 20, 2018 Sally Sharp
Jul 19, 2018 Emily Hawes This is our creation, their problem. At least acknowledge the extent of the threat to the Polar Bear survival which is the first step to addressing it effectively.
Jul 19, 2018 graciela rodriguez-sero
Jul 19, 2018 Brian Martin
Jul 19, 2018 Kathie Boley
Jul 19, 2018 Jean McDermott
Jul 19, 2018 Carol Drennan
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Jul 19, 2018 Eliza Johnson
Jul 19, 2018 Laura Krause
Jul 19, 2018 CARL BUGARA
Jul 19, 2018 Stacy Ping
Jul 18, 2018 Patricia Lewis
Jul 17, 2018 marie blanche brabant
Jul 5, 2018 Harold And Mortensen
Jul 5, 2018 Dat Tran
Jun 30, 2018 Cary Dennis
Jun 29, 2018 Lynn Hansen
Jun 29, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy
Jun 29, 2018 Lyn Short
Jun 29, 2018 Janis Higgins
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Jun 29, 2018 Nancy Wein
Jun 29, 2018 David Parker
Jun 29, 2018 JOHN Mercer
Jun 29, 2018 Michael D Martin
Jun 29, 2018 Michael Martin
Jun 26, 2018 Becky Tank
Jun 24, 2018 Marc Ochs
Jun 21, 2018 Muriel BOU
Jun 18, 2018 Patricia Dangle
Jun 17, 2018 Maria Rainho
Jun 17, 2018 Jan Stark
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Jun 14, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
Jun 8, 2018 mona boggio
Jun 8, 2018 Sandra L Jarvis
Jun 8, 2018 Shannon Leitner
Jun 8, 2018 Sandra Kuschel
Jun 8, 2018 Karen Statkiewicz
Jun 8, 2018 Bonnie Gordon
Jun 8, 2018 Katie Smither
Jun 7, 2018 Rob Croft
May 29, 2018 Wendy Dalton
May 29, 2018 Ann Erbacher Grey
May 29, 2018 Maria Angeles Leorza Arechavaleta

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