3/5/2015 8:06:35 PM
Rainforest Trust's Polar Bear Pledge
Polar bears live in the Arctic where very few trees grow. And the trees that do sprout in the far north are dwarfed. Yet, rainforests are important to the polar bear's future.
Rainforest Trust is asking everyone to take the Polar Bear Pledge and share the message about the importance of rainforests for polar bears via social media accounts.
Rainforests absorb the greenhouses gases that fuel global warming. Fewer forests mean more greenhouses gases in the atmosphere and increased global warming. Increased warming leads to loss of sea ice—the polar bear's habitat.
The Polar Bear Pledge states:"I am fighting the destructive effects of climate change in the Arctic by protecting an acre of rainforest, which will store 200 tons of carbon that would otherwise be released into our atmosphere. Solving this problem is a global effort. I'm raising awareness about the connection between rainforests and polar bears by sharing this message with friends."
As an added incentive, the first 2,000 people to sign the pledge will have an acre of rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon protected in their honor.
PBI has been part of the tree planting effort for years with our Trees for You and Me and Acres for the Atmosphere programs. Planting trees is one of the very few tools we have for removing CO2 from the atmosphere. And less CO2 means less global warming and better sea ice conditions for polar bears.