Polar Bear S.O.S. - Your Official Public Comment Urgently Needed

The Bush Administration has proposed to list the polar bear as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act because its Arctic sea ice habitat is melting from global warming. This proposed protection comes after successful legal action by NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) and its partners to protect the imperiled polar bear.

But this proposal won't become reality without a huge outpouring of public support. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is asking for your comments before making a final decision about whether to protect polar bears or leave them at the mercy of global warming and their vanishing habitat.

Polar bears live only in the Arctic and are completely dependent on sea ice for survival, but 80 percent of their summer ice could be gone in 20 years and all of it by 2040. They are already suffering the effects: birth rates are falling, fewer cubs are surviving, and more bears are drowning.

Time is running out. Without protection, polar bears could become the first mammal to lose 100 percent of its habitat to global warming.

You can help protect the polar bears from extinction by signing this petition and submitting your official public comment to USFWS today.

Dear Dr. Meehan:

I strongly support your proposal to list the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The scientific evidence that polar bears are threatened with extinction from global warming is overwhelming. Polar bears are completely dependent on Arctic sea ice to survive, but 80 percent of that ice could be gone in 20 years and all of it by 2040. Polar bears are already suffering the effects: birth rates are falling, fewer cubs are surviving, and more bears are drowning.

I am therefore very concerned that your proposal fails to identify global warming pollution as the cause of rising Arctic temperatures and vanishing sea ice. Our government’s refusal to curb global warming pollution is a primary cause of the polar bear’s melting habitat and terrible plight. It must be addressed. And while your proposal discusses the kind of habitat that is essential for the polar bear’s survival, it does not designate any of it as “critical habitat” that could help the bear recover.

Please act swiftly to finalize the listing of the polar bear and designate its critical habitat. We must act immediately if we are to save this magnificent Arctic creature from extinction.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
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