Danger, Thin Ice!

You’re playing your Wii in your air conditioned living room, when all of a sudden you hear a giant CRACK! You rush outside to find your house floating away on an island of ice. All around you other pieces of ice are breaking off and washing away into the sea!
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You jolt up in bed and breathe a sigh of relief, realizing it was just a dream. You look outside to see your mom’s SUV warming up in the driveway while she walks the dog. Downstairs, your little brother is blasting the TV and your dad is cooking breakfast. Everything appears to be totally normal.

But for animals living in the Arctic, the idea of having their homes melt away is more than just a nightmare.

The Arctic, that place waaay up at the North Pole, will be one of the first places to show the effects of climate change and it’ll be intense . In fact it’s already happening, and it’s only going to get worse.

Scientists predict global warming in the Arctic will be TWO to THREE times greater than in the rest of the world. That’s bad news for polar bears and other snow-loving Arctic animals that need those chilly temperatures.

When ice floes arctic animals depend on start to melt and break up, even animals like polar bears get stuck out at sea and can actually drown.  Even Michael Phelps would have trouble up in today’s Arctic!

Climate change might also mean that polar bears’ food sources become harder to track down, causing many of these burly beasts to starve to death.

Animals like Yeti, one of our Snowy Owls, are also normally found in the Great White North. Snowy Owls are master adapters and live in both extreme winter and summer conditions. They’re better equipped for temperature change than polar bears, but climate change is still causing them some major headaches, forcing them to find new habitats, and migrate greater distances.

When animals like these pack up and head for new ground it can also spell trouble for the people living up north that depend on them to keep whole food webs in balance.

So what can you do? The Arctic may be seem to be half way across the world, but with climate change, more than any other issue, the actions we take locally can have an impact globally.

When we use gas and oil while driving or idling cars, and generating the electricity for watching TV, and leaving our computers and lights on, we’re producing more and more of the gases that cause global warming. The more energy we burn, the faster we bring on climate change. The most important thing we can do to help is CONSERVE energy.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Turn down the heat in winter, and throw on some extra blankets and comfy socks.
  • In the summer, instead of blasting the air conditioning, open up the windows and let a breeze in. If it’s a really sunny day, try closing the curtains or blinds!
  • Convince your parents to switch to energy efficient light bulbs.
  • Turn off all appliances and power bars at night and when things aren’t in use.
  • Walk, bike or carpool to school instead of using the car.
Earth Rangers is a non-profit organization that works to inspire and educate children about the environment. At EarthRangers.com kids can play games, discover amazing facts, meet animal ambassadors and fundraise to protect biodiversity.
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  1. New Bee
    layz says:

    I think that i am going to help because who would want a home like that just falling down. They are beautiful animals who would want them to be gone forever. I would never want that to happen so i’m going to help!I hope that we can all help this wonderful animal and yeti the snow owl.! I LOVE EARTH RANGERS!!!!!!

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    hamster12345 says:

    sealy lives there …I named her.

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    Ranger5690077 says:

    i want to help stop global warming i know use solar pannels

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    Skye-Dove says:

    i think people should let the animals be

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    Ranger56101940 says:

    I love animals with all my heart. I want to be a vet. So you can see why I love animals! Animals, you can count on me to take action against climate change! Everyone should take action too!

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    Ranger56118832 says:

    In Canada, Quebec, Manitoba and BC use Hydro for energy. Why don’t all the provinces use this type of ‘clean’ energy? Why can’t we help the polar bears?

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    Jjr says:

    we all need to stop global warmiing

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    Ranger56179500 says:

    i just can’t imagine how the world would be like in 100-500 years! I hope that EVERYONE in the world will actually realize that we need to stop global warming. SAVE THE EARTH!

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