This from the Ocean Conservancy:
Did you have a chance to read Denny's email? A newly released study shows the impacts of melting ice on polar bears: in 10 years, their population in the southern Beaufort Sea has declined by 40 percent. Only two of the 80 polar bear cubs survived. It’s a heartbreaking development.
We doubled our Arctic program investment in 2014. But we must do more—including launching Ocean Conservancy’s Old Ice Sanctuary Initiative. We can’t do that without you.
$38,175. That’s all we have left to meet our $100,000 December 23 budget goal. Will you make a donation of $15.00 or more today?
Janis Searles Jones
Chief Operating Officer
From: Dennis Takahashi-Kelso
Subject: Polar Bears
Dear Patriotic American unlike those in Washington:
Polar bears call Arctic ice home. It’s where they raise their young and hunt for food. But that home is melting at an alarming rate.
Without the multi-year pack ice and the ice floes around its edges, polar bears and seals — as well as other Arctic wildlife — may be in serious trouble.
With less old ice and fewer ice floes, polar bears are forced to swim longer and longer distances to find their next meal. And as they move farther out into the water they may not only run out of ice, they may even run out of energy and drown.
Ocean Conservancy is fighting for a solution. At a time when Arctic wildlife faces serious risks from the loss of the ice on which they depend, a sanctuary would limit other stresses on wildlife and help them survive.
We’ve set a goal of raising $100,000 by December 23 to launch Ocean Conservancy’s Old Ice Sanctuary Initiative to give polar bears and other Arctic wildlife a fighting chance.
Sea ice builds each year during the cold, harsh Arctic winter; and some of this ice — but not all — persists throughout the years instead of melting away each summer. This “old ice” becomes thicker and more durable. Arctic wildlife rely on both types of ice, but it is the old, year-round pack ice that will remain the longest and provide refuge to these animals.
But we have lost more than 280,000 square miles of this old ice in the last 30 years. That’s an area the size of Texas that has melted away. For wildlife, this loss means great stress, shrinking areas of habitat available to feed and raise their young, and an uncertain future.
Together, we can make a difference.
We are working with the United States and other Arctic nations to establish a sanctuary for wildlife in the most abundant “old ice” areas — those places where the old ice concentration is greatest and most likely to last into the future.
To generate the public support needed to protect the ocean and keep it healthy, Ocean Conservancy must meet our Old Ice Sanctuary Initiative launch goal of $100,000 by December 23.
Please act now to help give Arctic wildlife a fighting chance.
For the ocean,