The dance we do when we speak about climate change is exhausting. Some people will simply never believe, despite irrefutable scientific evidence, bizarre weather events, and unprecedented natural disasters. So, as we head into holidays—where many of us will find ourselves debating with loved ones about important topics like climate change—do yourself a favour and search “global temperatures over the past 100 years.” Find one of the innumerable graphs and studies that show the consistent rise in temperature, download it to your phone, and share it with deniers. Most importantly, do not fight with these people. Kill them with kindness, intelligence, patience and empathy. The climate change crisis is urgent and important, but we must treat each other with respect.
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While in the Arctic with the @Sea_Legacy expedition crew a few months ago, @CristinaMittermeier and I documented a starving polar bear roaming through an abandoned Inuit camp along the shores of Baffin Island. A noted bear biologist could not pinpoint exactly what had caused this bear to starve to death. We do know that he didn’t have any visible wounds and that he was not old. At one time, this bear would have been a big healthy male, like the beautiful bear pictured here. Many of you asked if we could have saved the starving bear or euthanized him to ease his pain. Thank you for all your engagement and for caring about these bears as much as I do. The truth—which is hard to hear—is that he was on his last legs. His muscles had atrophied beyond repair. Plus, it would have been highly illegal to feed him or approach him. Obviously, we could not euthanize him, for legal, cultural and personal reasons. Instead of becoming angry or hopeless, we must work harder for solutions. There is hope for the remaining population of 25,000 polar bears. It’s up to all of us to change our habits if we want to see results. Click the link in my bio to learn more about these solutions and how they will work towards drawdown, where the warming of the planet finally stops, and reverses.
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While on expedition this year in Cuba, @Sea_Legacy raised $10,000 to repair a scientific research centre that had been destroyed by Hurricane Irma. We also discovered a revolutionary concrete product that can be used to rebuild corals. Our pie-in-the-sky dream is to rebuild coral reefs and promote both science and sustainable tourism that supports healthy coral reefs everywhere. Do you believe it’s possible? My partner @CristinaMittermeier and I have curated a wishlist for the oceans. It’s called the #12DreamsofChristmas and our first Christmas dream is healthy reefs. Instead of purchasing plastic gifts that inevitably go into garbage or recycle, consider giving the gift of a membership to The Tide and letting your loved one help in #TurningTheTide for our oceans. #12DreamsofChristmas
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There is nothing I’d love more for Christmas than to know polar bears are healthy, happy and protected. As the apex predator in the Arctic, and an animal I grew up in close proximity to on Baffin Island, these bears represent the general health of an ecosystem. For this to happen, we need to create marine protected areas in the Arctic (like the recently created Tallurutiup Imanga / Lancaster Sound), and we need to combat climate change. @Sea_Legacy is working hard build constituencies that demand that world governments cut carbon emissions and create marine protected areas. If you’d like to help convince these government entities to protect bears of all kinds, please consider giving the gift of a membership to The Tide and letting your loved one help in #TurningTheTide for our bears. Follow @sea_legacy to learn more. #12DreamsofChristmas
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Swipe left to view some of the SeaLegacy winter fine-art poster collection featuring imagery by myself, @cristinamittermeier and members of the incredibly talented @Sea_Legacy Collective like @andy_mann. Thank you for the amazing response. All proceeds help continue our important work in ocean conservation. Want one in time for a Christmas? There are 48 hours left (Deadline: midnight on December 12th) to order in time for delivery before Christmas in the U.S. International orders will now arrive after Christmas. Swipe left see more options, and click the link in my bio for all details: sealegacy.org/store. Thank you for #TurningTheTide with us.
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Hello #NYC. I am going to be at the @paulnicklengallery today from 1pm to 8pm. Address is 347 West Broadway, NYC. There are many people who are emotional about the dying polar bear that we posted this week. Rightfully so. I will be addressing that and some messages of hope at 5pm. Please come down today and I would love to meet you. How do you think these polar bear tracks were made? A huge amount of #gratitude for all of the support pouring in for @Sea_Legacy. We must keep our film crew on the the front lines of the biggest issues facing our planet today. #bethechange #nature #naturelover #polarbear #fineartwithpurpose