© John Bowers
4/16/2014 9:08:29 PM
Polar Bears and Cheetahs - Together at Last
Polar bears and cheetahs in the same room? Kind of.
Polar Bears International (PBI) and Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) have joined forces to focus on the threats that these iconic species face from climate change, and the urgent need to take action.
On Earth Day people around the world gather to celebrate and do something good for the planet. PBI and CCF will roll out their partnership and aim to lead a new dialogue on the global impact of climate change and unite humanity towards common action.
CCF and PBI work in polar opposite regions: African Savannah and Arctic Sea Ice - heating and melting. Each has created innovative programs in their specific communities bringing together stakeholders working to protect these iconic species.
Protecting the cheetah and the polar bear, however, is only one part of the equation. Climate change threatens all species as habitat and biodiversity loss leads to larger systemic problems.
PBI and CCF are hosting a live Google+ Hangout on polar bears and cheetahs on Earth Day, April 22.
"Polar Bears and Cheetahs: Hope for Two Iconic Species" will air at 2 p.m. ET and is open to the general public.
Participants will have the chance to hang out on air with two celebrated scientists—Dr. Laurie Marker of Cheetah Conservation Fund and Dr. Steven Amstrup of Polar Bears International—and ask questions. They will learn about two very different animals, cheetahs and polar bears, and explore the impacts of climate warming on their polar opposite habitats—the African savannah and Arctic sea ice. Kieran Mulvaney, author and HBO commentator, will moderate the discussion.