Center for Biological Diversity: Support for polar bear protections builds in Congress

Friday, June 16th, 2006

From the Center for Biological Diversity:

Support for polar bear protections builds in Congress

On June 14, 36 U.S. representatives sent a letter urging the Fish and Wildlife Service to list the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The best available science shows that the polar bear may go extinct in the next century as global warming melts its sea-ice habitat, and listing the bear will provide important protections to ensure this is not its fate.

Please take a moment to call or write a short note thanking Congressman Inslee for his leadership on the congressional letter in support of protecting the polar bear. With so many politicians willing to sell out the environment in favor of the industries that finance them, it is important that we show our appreciation of those representatives who stand up for America’s endangered wildlife and ecosystems. Even a single sentence thanking Congressman Inslee for his efforts for the polar bear would let him know you noticed and appreciate it.

Go show the man some love.

NRDC – Your immediate action needed to save the polar bear!

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

The NRDC would like you to “Tell the Bush administration to protect polar bears under the Endangered Species Act.”

Perfectly at home in one of the world’s most forbidding environments, polar bears spend their summers roaming the Arctic on large chunks of floating ice. They drift for hundreds of miles, finding mates, hunting for seals and fattening themselves up for the winter. Without these thick rafts of sea ice, the world’s largest bear could not survive. Yet at this moment, the polar bear’s Arctic habitat is literally melting away beneath it due to global warming.

Over the past three decades, more than a million square miles of sea ice — an area the size of Norway, Denmark and Sweden combined — has disappeared. Scientists predict that, if the current rate of global warming continues, most, if not all, of the bears’ summer sea ice will be gone by 2100. As a result, the world’s polar bears could face global extinction by the end of this century. […]

To ensure a future for the polar bear, NRDC joined other groups last year in a lawsuit to compel the Bush administration to protect the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. In response, the administration has agreed to open a formal review process, and is now considering whether to propose federal protections for the bear. Once these crucial safeguards are in place, the administration will be required by law to ensure that any new policy or action does not jeopardize the survival of polar bears or harm their critical habitat.

BioGems Defenders are urging the Bush administration to propose federal protections for the polar bear and are working to safeguard key polar bear habitat in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Western Arctic Reserve.

Click here to take action, or go to the NRDC web site to learn more.