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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

Jan 16, 2018 Katherine Mouzourakis
Jan 7, 2018 eric archambault
Jan 5, 2018 Deborah Bell
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Jan 2, 2018 Alysa Waring
Jan 2, 2018 Kathleen Jenks
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Dec 26, 2017 Lena Hansdotter
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Dec 19, 2017 T.J. Pitts
Dec 17, 2017 Alicja Bożek
Dec 16, 2017 doris gonen
Dec 13, 2017 Stanley Charles
Dec 13, 2017 Louise Simone
Dec 13, 2017 michelle morel
Dec 13, 2017 Liza Ruiz
Dec 1, 2017 Debbie Davis CMKBD CAPS
Nov 29, 2017 Brenda Webster
Nov 25, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
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Nov 20, 2017 patricia remollino
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) I'm against animal cruelty, abuse, neglect, & extinction.
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Nov 20, 2017 Geraldine Walker
Nov 19, 2017 Nancy Daniel
Nov 19, 2017 bobbette bross
Nov 19, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 19, 2017 Elaine Alfaro
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Nov 18, 2017 Teresa Barquet
Nov 17, 2017 J MASSETTI
Nov 17, 2017 Sandra Lee Sherman
Nov 15, 2017 Robert Furem
Nov 14, 2017 Donna Parker
Nov 13, 2017 Lois Grosshans
Nov 13, 2017 Aileen Glynn
Nov 12, 2017 Betsy Gudz
Nov 12, 2017 Michelle Cann
Nov 12, 2017 Diana Monks
Nov 12, 2017 DayLynn McDonald
Nov 12, 2017 Richard and Kim Rendigs
Nov 11, 2017 Pamela Daily
Nov 11, 2017 SARAH MORRIS
Nov 11, 2017 Christina Konle
Nov 11, 2017 Lois Freeman
Nov 11, 2017 Terri Raimondo
Nov 11, 2017 Eva Sandhammar
Nov 10, 2017 jude lotz
Nov 10, 2017 tami mccready

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