It's Up to Us

11/14/2011 1:53:26 PM

It's Up to Us

Polar bear testing shoreline ice

This is my third blog post and the most influenced by visuals. I wish I'd had the time to take pictures (instead of movies) of everything we've seen but here's a short list:

  • a sunset with bears backlit on an icy lake
  • a sunset through a snowstorm that showed up as an enormous pink disc
  • a flock of ptarmigan pursued by a gyrfalcon at eye level
  • a cub laying on its back flopping its paws in the air
  • snow falling on a mother and cub
  • a morning bear laying on a small band of freshwater ice
  • and a moon reflecting on an ice-free bay

Moon over Hudson Bay

I make my living on the visual to some extent so it's easy to get caught up in the capture of the moment rather than living the moment. It's important to take a break and experience the wonders of what we're seeing here and to realize that our actions back home are directly correlated to the downward trend in sea ice. In the past weeks' webcasts and video conferences, I've heard a good deal about what we can do to mitigate our impact on the climate and environment. Recycling and turning off the lights, not idling your car and taking the bus are all great things to do, but I don't think it's enough. We need to make a choice as a society to do something to save the bears, to save the arctic, and ultimately, to save ourselves. We need to speak up. We need to speak up to our family, our friends, and our legislators. We need to keep this issue in people's minds until we decide as a group to do something about it. We need to evangelize the issue and demand change because we can change our direction and we can solve this problem but we can't do it by clicking like on a Facebook cause. To misquote Homer Simpson, we are the cause of and solution to this problem.

Sunset over the tundra

Photos by Henry Harrison.

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