As imagens mostram um urso polar longe da neve, em terra seca. Magro e com pouco pêlo, vagueia à procura de comida.

O vídeo divulgado por um fotógrafo colaborador da National Geographic, já é viral, mas o impacto chocante está a chamar a atenção para as consequências das alterações climáticas.

 

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 info@catersnews.com or call +44 121 616 1100 / +1 646 380 1615”

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Na descrição do vídeo, Paul Nicklen explica que quando as imagens foram captadas toda a equipa estava a lutar para conter as lágrimas. O vídeo que “ainda o atormenta” foi partilhado para quebrar a apatia de muitos.

“Eu sei que precisamos de partilhar tanto o bonito como o devastador se quisermos quebrar os muros da apatia.”, disse.

O autor do vídeo diz ainda que nos “próximos 100 anos os ursos polares vão estar extintos” e que não são necessárias soluções pontuais. Paul Nicklen aponta o dedo às alterações climáticas.

“A verdade simples é esta -  se a terra continuar a aquecer, vamos perder ursos e a totalidade dos ecosistemas polares. Este grande urso não era velho e certamente morreu horas depois deste momento. Mas há soluções. Temos de reduzir a nossa pegada de carbono, comer a comida certa, parar de cortar as nossas florestas e começar a por a Terra , a nossa casa, em primeiro lugar.”

As imagens tiveram um forte impacto e o autor publicou um novo vídeo, desta vez com um urso polar saudável. Na publicação, o fotógrafo lembra, ainda assim, que a verdade é difícil, justificando deste modo a publicação inicial. 

 

This week I posted a video of a starving bear. It was difficult to film, and even harder to watch, as evidenced by the reactions it elicited. The truth is hard, but photojournalism is more than pretty pictures. It can be a difficult job. Journalism exposes—raw and without bias—the world’s issues in the interest of transparency, honesty and, I believe, change for the better. At @Sea_Legacy, we want to break down the walls of apathy and move people to change. We went to the Canadian Arctic to document the effects of climate change. We found the good, the bad and the ugly, but mostly just beautiful animals and landscapes we want to protect. We will continue to share it all with you in the interest of creating positive and lasting change. Thank you for helping us in #TurningTheTide. @Sea_Legacy with @CristinaMittermeier.

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