During last weeks class we had watched a documentary about global warming and the effects it has on our planet. One specific part of the movie that had a huge affect on me was the coral reef images when they had went into the sea, but another topic of global warming that I also have a weak spot for is the animals affected by the ice melting. No, it is not just polar bears, but polar bears seem to be the media and peoples main focus when thinking about the extreme amounts of ice that has began melting each year. This ice is not only a way for animals to not drown but it is their homes, where they feed, seek shelter, breed, and live in the beautiful eyes of nature. This is all disappearing, taken from them, and they are all dying. Not only is this decreasing our animal population but it is also increasing sea levels, bringing water onto shores and destroying homes and man made built things. These are all things that we can help, probably not stop completely, but we can stop this from happening so drastically and so quickly. If it was possible for us as a society to put ourselves in a polar bears life, or any living creature that lives or benefits from coral reefs, maybe we could change our actions. Maybe we would be able to understand the full force of these changes and truly change ourselves and our actions in return. This will never happen though, at least until society (all of society, not just parts of it here and there), our having their everyday life necessities taken from them without a means of replacing it or finding a new way to get the job accomplished. Animals don’t have the choice to create a new means of not drowning, they don’t have the choice to die or live from our actions. I hate to be the negative one, but I don’t see society as a whole changing until we are being forced to change. It’s truly sad.
By: Josie Silvey