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WWF (Official Rep) October 03, 2008 08:20

Polar bears and artificial islands

Why is WWF not taking action to rescue individual polar bears that have been spotted swimming far from land or ice.
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  • WWF may not have a clue about a maneuver being practiced now to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay. Floating islands of soil with vegetation are being used to help clean up pollutants. Maybe someone in WWF should read up on this and talk to people in the Bay foundation. Not hard to find--just search for C.B. floating islands!
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  • Thanks for sharing this project. It shows that each situation is different and requires it's own unique solutions. It is great that this technique is suitable for that environment and eco-system.
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    SO, does the Bay project not merit your further brainstorming artificial islands for polar bears? All WWF employee answers seem to say nothing, just thinly veiled polite ways of telling us to shove it. Cheryl, did you or any of your colleagues even read up on the Bay project? Regarding the polar bears and the islands idea, WWF continues to show it has no imagination or interest--only apathy.
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  • All I read here from WWF is:

    Can't be done, too much work, too expensive, blablabla.

    THERE IS ALWAYS A WAY!!

    I don't believe that it would NOT make sense to at least give polars bears a web of artificial platforms...instead of waiting for a "climate-back-change" while the polar bears slowly die.
    People have come up with idea that help in the creation of coral riffs...
    So why not determine once and for all what polar bears need...and then at least TRY to manufacture a float-able device that fulfills this!
    At least PARTIALLY!!

    Would it not be better to do SOMETHING instead of not doing ANYTHING???
    While at the same time working on the root of the problem??

    Seriously...I am so annoyed with every "expert" just quoting the previous one with the exact same words...
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    I agree with Christine like I have agreed with others wanting scientists who can analyze, engineer, test and use this method. There are at least 2 precedents: floating manmade islands placed in rivers changed by humans with dams or other of our 'wonderful' inventions in order to create havens of food, safety and crossovers for animals; the 2nd example are the many natural bridges that have been and still are being built -- worldwide -- to allow animals to cross our highly trafficked highways safely. These bypasses are working! So the WWF attitude toward helping polar bears in the ways suggested is puzzling, lazy and indicates poor management. I want an answer to 'why not' from WWF that isn't the usual useless blather we always get.
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    P.S. to my comment of a few minutes ago: you can find more about the Chesapeake Bay floating islands at http://talbotspy.org/chesapeake-bay-f... as recent at 2013. And I forgot to mention one of the other natural results of these islands is to help with the Bay's pollution problem.
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  • There is a way if we could get some rich person who wants to be even more famous by attaching his/her name/logo to the Artificial Island and drop one for a bear in distress. It costs 800/hr for the helicopter but is not that expensive to make the island, about $3000CAD.
    https://arcticfootprints.files.wordpr...

    Hi Christine & Jo

    I hope you enjoy reading my book about polar bears as a small token of thanks.
    When you read it, please go back and read the Fact Flakes after you have read the story as they ruin the flow if you try to read them on each page.

    Just click on the link at the top of this email and scroll through the book.
    The illustrations were done by a 17 yr old student from Rosedale Heights School of the Arts.
    I am trying to spread the word.

    Best Regards,

    Joanne
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