As we enter the holiday season, our thoughts turn to family, friends and loved ones who share our lives. We hope that you will also think of the amazing wildlife, birds, fish and plants that share our planet.
Polar bears are an iconic symbol of the holiday season. They are stars of commericals and on the cover of greeting cards. Unfortunately, that is the only place they are thriving.
Polar bears are endangered because their sea ice habitat is literally melting from under their feet.
Scientists tell us that in 75 years there could be no wild polar bears in the United States. As their habitat shrinks, polar bears are forced to walk and swim longer distances to find food, resulting in weight loss, stress and even death. The cubs can be crushed by collapsing snow caves. We need to help them - and fast.
The Endangered Species Coalition is working with our members and activists to protect the polar bear and other endangered species from threats like habitat destruction and global warming. The polar bear was the first mammal to be listed under the Endangered Species Act primarily because of threats due to global warming. We are now working to secure stronger habitat protections and stop drilling in the Arctic. We have sent petitions to President Obama to protect the polar bear and worked to create programs to help them adapt to the impacts of climate change.
Our friends at the Earth Friends Wildlife Foundation have given us a generous grant challenging us to raise $100,000 by the end of the year. Your contribution will help us reach this goal and protect endangered species.
This is a great time to become a member of the Endangered Species Coalition and take advantage of this challenge grant and the Polar Bear Pledge.
Thank you for your support of our work to protect endangered species and their habitat.
Endangered Species Coalition