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Spring thaws mean flowers and flip flops for most of our little darlings. Not so for the darlings of the Arctic, where melting ice means trouble for the next generation of animal life. In Arctic Tale, we meet Nanu, a baby polar bear, and Sela, a baby walrus, both born to inherit a kingdom of ice. A National Geographic film, narrated by Queen Latifah, our kids easily followed the story and ate up the close up antics of these polar babies. As the film progressed, we got a real life view of how global warming is creating havoc in these babies’ lives. As the ice melts earlier each season, food is scarce and the skills they have learned from their devoted moms no longer guarantee survival. Although Nanu and Sela, our two Arctic stars, do survive and go on to birth babies of their own, the film melted our hearts about the long term fate of their friends.
Polar bears are this year's poster children for global warming, and meeting Nanu in Arctic Tale gave our kids just the nudge they needed to think leading a greener life. We decided to "adopt" the polar bear as our Earth Day mascot, and view the problem through their warm, brown eyes. Here's how we did it. First, we looked at the footage of the Wilken's Shelf melting, which led us to do a little homework about current legislation in Congress. We signed an on-line petition against further leasing of Alaskan territory for oil exploration, and then revisited last year's Earth Day vows to reduce our family's carbon footprint. The hardest part (for all of us) is remembering to stay focused. Luckily the kids found a free screensaver from National Geographic and pasted pictures of polar bears near light switches to inspire themselves to follow through. There are no shortage of ideas; we hope you will join us in keeping our Arctic friends cold enough to wear their fur coats!
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