Join in...60 EARTH HOURS.....and here a WWF link where you can find lots of information about polar bears... The photo above forms part of an animation (page 8) of fact sheets concerning endangered species, if you want to know more, read the 10 case studies- starting with Polar bears and ending with the Albatross....
And here a quote, I just found that in a WWF Status report of 1999...
"... Polar bears face a new threat from mankind in the form of chemical and radioactive pollution and the effects of global warming. Their Arctic environment is widely contaminated by a number of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and chlordanes. In 1997, Norwegian scientists found several hermaphrodite polar bear cubs with high levels of PCBs in their systems. Radioactive contamination is of potential concern in the Russian Arctic (Pearce 1998): reactors discarded from nuclear submarines, as well as dumping of nuclear waste (which has also occurred in Alaska) is "a time bomb", according to some experts. ..." (highlighted by me).
SO JOIN IN AND VOTE EARTH...
YOUR LIGHT SWITCH IS YOUR VOTE
This year, Earth Hour has been transformed into the worldâ€™s first global election, between Earth and global warming.
For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote â€“ Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. WWF are urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.
This meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. It is the chance for the people of the world to make their voice heard.
Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Romeâ€™s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.
In 2009, Earth Hour is being taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote. Unlike any election in history, it is not about what country you are from, but instead, what planet you are from. VOTE EARTH is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. Over 74 countries and territories have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009, and this number is growing everyday.
We all have a vote, and every single vote counts. Together we can take control of the future of our planet, for future generations.
VOTE EARTH by simply switching off your lights for one hour, and join the world for Earth Hour.
Saturday, March 28, 8:30-9:30pm.