Las imágenes fueron tomadas en la Isla de Baffin, en el Ártico canadiense, por l biólogo Paul Nicklen, hau se ha encargado de difundirlas en su cuenta de Instagram.
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Nicklen acompaño el video con la siguiente leyenda: “Todo mi equipo estaba luchando contra las lágrimas y las emociones cuando grabamos a este oso polar moribundo. Es una escena que destroza el alma y que todavía me atormenta, pero sé que necesitamos compartir tanto lo bello como lo descorazonador si queremos romper los muros de la apatía. Así es el hambre. Los músculos se atrofian. No hay energía. Es una muerte lenta y dolorosa”.
Con esta imágenes Nicklen aprovechó para enviar un mensaje a todo el mundo y alertarlos sobre el sobre calentamiento global y como este nos está afectando. “La simple verdad es esta: si la Tierra continúa calentándose, perderemos a los osos y todos los ecosistemas polares. Este gran macho no era viejo, y con certeza murió horas o días después de este momento. Pero hay soluciones. Podemos reducir el impacto del carbón, consumir la comida adecuada, dejar de deforestar nuestros bosques y empezar a poner a la Tierra, nuestra casa, primero”.
Nicklen ha dedicado su vida a la conservación de la vida marina y a través de sus redes sociales le ha mostrado al mundo el daño que ha hecho el cambio climático.
My entire @Sea_Legacy team was pushing through their tears and emotions while documenting this dying polar bear. It’s a soul-crushing scene that still haunts me, but I know we need to share both the beautiful and the heartbreaking if we are going to break down the walls of apathy. This is what starvation looks like. The muscles atrophy. No energy. It’s a slow, painful death. When scientists say polar bears will be extinct in the next 100 years, I think of the global population of 25,000 bears dying in this manner. There is no band aid solution. There was no saving this individual bear. People think that we can put platforms in the ocean or we can feed the odd starving bear. The simple truth is this—if the Earth continues to warm, we will lose bears and entire polar ecosystems. This large male bear was not old, and he certainly died within hours or days of this moment. But there are solutions. We must reduce our carbon footprint, eat the right food, stop cutting down our forests, and begin putting the Earth—our home—first. Please join us at @sea_legacy as we search for and implement solutions for the oceans and the animals that rely on them—including us humans. Thank you your support in keeping my @sea_legacy team in the field. With @CristinaMittermeier #turningthetide with @Sea_Legacy #bethechange #nature #naturelovers This video is exclusively managed by Caters News. To license or use in a commercial player please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 121 616 1100 / +1 646 380 1615”
We did not want to get too close to him. I did not want him using his last ounce of energy in trying to avoid us. It took him a long time and a lot of effort to be able to stand up only to collapse again. We let him be. It was one of the hardest decisions I have faced in a long time. I want the images to be able to tell his story. I want to be able to tell the story of his species. He was once a huge male polar bear and now he is a bag of bones, reduced to skin hanging loosely off of his once massive frame. He will be dead soon and I want him to go in peace after living a life as a great polar nomad. We cannot prove that he is in this condition because of a lack of sea ice but is it a glimpse into the future as ice reaches its lowest extent in recorded history? I hear a lot of suggestions from people like “let’s take polar bears to Antarctica so they can eat penguins” or “let’s put out styrofoam platforms so they can be on the ocean”. These suggestions are irrational but it does mean that people do care. The only way polar bears can be saved is by reducing our global carbon footprint and finding renewable energy. It breaks my heart to see this but our team at @sea_legacy is shifting into high gear to continue connecting the world to our ailing marine ecosystems. #MPA #keepoilexplorationoutofthearctic #climatechangeisreal #bethechange #riseup #hedoesnotspeakforme #love #beauty #hungry
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