Consequences of Global Warming

You Must Take Action



Can Yucel, Writer

Hi, my name is Ursus, but you guys call me polar bear. As you can understand from my name, I live in the North Pole with my 20,000 friends, and also I have some friends who live in Siberia, Alaska and North Canada. I have two cubs who were just born this October.

We are a happy family, but as a mom, I am also concerned. I’m happy because the winter is almost here, and finally the weather will be cold soon which we love most. I’m concerned because just a month ago, something strange happened. We were catching fish with friends and suddenly something started to drop from the air. It was like water, and it was dropping like snow. It was wet and uncomfortable. I had never seen such a thing before. 

I asked one of my friends what it was, and she said that she doesn’t know either. We turned back to our habitat, and we saw that everybody was concerned about it. Then an old wise polar bear came and told us it’s called “rain”. We all looked at each other with weird glimpses and everybody started to grumble. None of us had ever heard of it before. 

Wise polar bear shouted and we stopped, “Let me explain what I know about the rain,” he said. “When I was a child, around 25 years ago, my mom told me a story. In her story, I remember that she mentioned the rain. After her story ended, I asked her what it was. She said “I don’t know, but my grandma said it’s the teardrops of the god.” I was so excited to see it. I excitedly said, “I want to see it. When is it going to rain?”. My mom stopped me, and she said “You don’t want to see it, never wish it again. It’s the worst thing that can ever happen to polar bears.” My excitement disappeared, and sadness replaced it. 

I asked her why. She said “We live on a huge ice island. If it rains, the ice will melt, and we will lose our habitat. We cannot live without ice. When the rain comes, it will be the beginning of the end for us.” I was scared. My mom realized it, and she said, “Don’t worry my beautiful cub, you won’t ever see it. It never rains here. We only heard it. There is no polar bear that has ever seen rain in their life.” 

We now know rain. We know change is coming. The last few summers have been hot, and we don’t like the heat. Over the past 10 years, 15 percent of the ice has melted, and it’s getting worse. Has the end begun for us?

But what did we do wrong? Why are we losing our habitat? We are just trying to survive, and instead, you guys, think, we are monsters. We are big, but we are lovely and friendly. We don’t kill each other. We don’t fight. We don’t hate. We are not jealous. We are not arrogant. We are not greedy. Why are we dying out? Do we deserve it? We don’t know any of the answers, and we are scared. 

The worst thing is, we can’t do anything about it. We have nothing to change to save our lives. 

But you have something to do. You have many things to do. And you know exactly what you need to do to stop it.

If my story is not enough for you, you can go listen to one million of the different species that are in danger of disappearing. We are not the only  ones in danger because of your choices. All over our planet are moms and their kids, bears, birds and others on the edge of disappearing. 

If you still don’t want to save our lives, you should know that you are in that 1 million species, so do it for yourself. Also I can tell you what you need to do. Stop using fossil fuels. Keep them in the ground. You are human beings; you are the greatest species. I’m sure you can live without them. You already have alternatives. Why don’t you use them? You know all of them better than me. You must take action before it’s too late. For us, for yourself, for the world.


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