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While many of us enjoy the luxury of watching TV on our couch with a cold can of soda or beer, the ice caps are melting at an alarming rate. Polar bears that need the ice to hunt and survive are drowning or starving; sometimes forced to search through dumpsters to survive. www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news…

Global warming is undeniably here. 2000-present date was the warmest decade on record worldwide www.epa.gov/climatechange/indi…. This is not part of the natural climate change but a human induced and an abnormally accelerated increase in temperature. Waiting for the countdown until all the ice caps and glacier have melted and water level has risen is not an option.

Many of us think that helping to prevent global warming is just about driving a hybrid car, or getting solar panels, which most people can't afford, so why bother?

While fossil fuel burning cars are a huge source of green house gasses, many other things also add up to create the problem. The manufacturing of anything takes up energy, which is usually created by burning fossil fuel like gas and coal. Relying on oil also lets big oil companies like BP and ExxonMobile get away with oil spills time and time again (with the most recent large spill in Yellowstone national park billingsgazette.com/news/local… With that in mind, I'm not saying we should give up everything we own and live in the wild, but any amount of reduce, reuse, and recycle will lessen the amount of new products that needs manufacturing. And that's something we can all do.

Taking public transportation, carpooling, or riding a bike are a cost efficient and healthy way to save energy and money. Even eating less meat (especially cows and pigs), can greatly help because it takes more energy to raise a cow than some crops of the same nutritional value. Cows are also a huge source of methane, which is another type of greenhouse gases that's responsible for global warming.

There are many other small things that we can all do help the environment like turning off the lights when we're not in the room, or not using the AC or heater if we could just take off or put on a jacket instead.

Change is not waiting for the scientists and government to come up with the solution, change starts with the little things we can do everyday.

For more simple ways to help:
what we can do at home
www.stopglobalwarming.org
Plant a billion trees
what the heck are we doing to arctic ice?

All profits from dA prints, not just from this image, are donated to environmental and animal welfare organizations.

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It has come to my attention that my work closely resembles this one pepey.deviantart.com/art/globa… which was made 2 years before mine. I have never seen this until after I posted my drawing, and people started telling me about the similarities between the two. I did not copy the idea and the similarities are purely coincidental. Congrats to ~pepey who came up with it first, but please do not assume that I plagiarized.

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:iconbelias9x1:
belias9x1 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
How much longer I wonder?
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CutieCorvid Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Absolutely haunting. Your art never ceases to amaze me.
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:iconskaylie:
skaylie Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member
This is awesome on so many levels - a beautiful image making a beautiful comment about an ugly reality.  
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KaiiKaze Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, "global warming" ended around the year 1996. The freak weather patterns that have followed and intensified during the years are just some of the many signs that the sun is going into a dormant state (between other things), and that actually means "(extreme) global cooling," which we are rapidly going into right now. The glaciers never melted due to man-induced global-anything, they are in fact expanding right this moment. It's all part of a natural cycle, just like seasons are. Good place to start getting informed would be www.sott.net/category/4-Earth-…

And by the way, vegan or vegetarian lifestyle does more bad than good, not only to the human consuming it, but to the environment as well; but especially to the human consuming it.

More on topic, I do admire and appreciate your art. Would add to favorites, but I already did some time ago :)
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linypresent Featured By Owner 3 days ago
an incredible piece!! ^^
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PatchworkLynx Featured By Owner 3 days ago
"Even eating less meat (especially cows and pigs), can greatly help because it takes more energy to raise a cow than some crops of the same nutritional value. Cows are also a huge source of methane, which is another type of greenhouse gases that's responsible for global warming."
Thank you!!! In school I was trying to tell my peers that eating more meat than needed to maintain health is essentially a waste of energy, but so few people listen or care, or they value good taste over conserving energy. It's despicable how society has gotten used to these luxuries like farmed meat; you're my hero for being an environmentalist (and a great artist too)!
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:icon9king:
9king Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
very cool and symbolic.
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:iconpskullv:
pskullv Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
Art in all of it's greatest glory: a beautiful image communicating a simple message.
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:icon102kittykats:
102kittykats Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  New member Hobbyist Artist
Why can't I draw like that???
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:iconlilivillage:
LiliVillage Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I love how you express your deep thoughts! It's so marvelous. * Heavy breathing
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Kate246 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work on this :D
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Oddlnk Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015   Digital Artist
This is so beautiful! You did a fantastic job describing visually what is happening in this piece! I really wish we could all help the earth but even if ever human on this planet tried to be a better person to the environment we will never be able to stop the melting.
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asiajb Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This is beautiful and so true. Your art is so stunning that it effects people to see the world problems. When I'm older, I want to be able to produce art that can open people's eyes about social problems, just like this piece Meow :3 
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Xigbar-Kun Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh my god. this really made me stop and think. this is perfection. thank you.
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friendlyFATTY Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
beautifully put 
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Kurara-Himura Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
amazing!
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rainbowfobba Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
Wow, just amazing how this artwork can really open your eyes a bit more to the distress of the world. 
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Aviviya Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
This is such an amazingly beautiful piece of art.
It definitely provokes a feeling of sadness knowing
that this really is an important issue that still doesn't
seem to have the attention, care, and necessary actions to
help prevent and reverse it.
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TheDoorWithin Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing :0

(Also needed to comment to break the very eerie 6,666. O.o)
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AlessVD Featured By Owner Edited Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work.

Even if it were based on the same idea (which is not) it would be no plagiarism at all, since you made this all by yourself and looks nothing near the other piece. They are just 2 seperate artworks involving the theme of global warming with a general (not copyrighted) shape of hourglass (which represents time). It looks stunning!

May I ask how you drew/painted this? You do not have to reveal your secret, just curious what programs you use.
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CetivaRose Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
not to mention, a good amount of polar glaciers contain methane gasses that are slowly being released as of a good year and a half ago.
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TheAnimalMonster Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
A really good representation of what is about to happen unfortunately you are both right and wrong. If a big portion of people started changing the little things they do in life it would clearly have an effect but unfortunately not everyone does have the option of doing those changes not to mention that the amount of damage fossil fuels are creating can not be amended by the actions of us all as individual people. 
Yes, this is a countdown but for us to slow it down everyone has to take part. 
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tihappy Featured By Owner Edited Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful color, great image spread the message very well.
Excellent works !!! Definitely love it  Heart 
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exit-humanity Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome
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vekarvonkostu Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Student Artist
It's so beautiful, I'm so speechless! :D :D :D :D
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UnbearableME Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
yup and it gets worse and worse :/
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CriAzuDre Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This is an amazing talent you've got here, I can't even begin to imagine how much work went into perfecting your technique!Heart Love 
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dreamweaverm Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
You have an incredible gift, and you are using it for good.
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Glanzfell Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This picture isn't wonderful, in my opinion, its showing the truth and this truth isnt wonderful. It has to be changed, it has to be made better.
Thank your for catching the things the humans do in one image. :)
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Elmo505 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  New member
...:love:
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iarakanata Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  New member
                                               
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        wonderfull .....................
 
               
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Hieifireshadow Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
fff this is so powerful and beautiful. ;^; :+favlove:
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:iconcockdancer:
cockdancer Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  New member
Such an amazing work *q*
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CaldoRosa Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
impressive
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MiniBananaFace Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't describe how much I love this!
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Frezzic Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a great image.
It is not the first time that 2 artists have the same idea. It's even kind of logical, I think.
However, I think your message stucks me more than pepey's, probably because of the characters, bears and child.
Thank you.
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Tsirona Featured By Owner Edited Dec 8, 2014
Hello Yuumei. First of all, thank you for this beautiful picture! It's absolutely amazing that a talented artist like you uses her skills to promote such an important issue. I have posted this picture on a FB page of an awareness rising campaign called "Education for the good climate" that I coordinate (the profile is in Polish: www.facebook.com/Klimatyczna.E…. Thought you might want to know :) 
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DayDreamer-JJ Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful
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KnowART Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist
That is so amazing I can't even start.
You are amazing and the message brought through the image and the actual message itself both show so much truth.
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CreativityBlocked Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  New member
This is so beautiful and I love the message!
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:iconthestralwizard:
ThestralWizard Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It appears that someone copied your art: fav.me/d86dnbw
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:iconforru:
Forru Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You might want to read descriptions... that "copied" art has an original version that was made a year before this picture... ^^;
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ThestralWizard Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't really trust descriptions.
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visaga Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
really? You don't trust what the artists are telling you, only the visual? That's like saying you only look at the face and don't listen to the words being said.
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ThestralWizard Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ya know, people lie and stuff.
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SarifinaFilth Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
Unfortunately, artists can lie, but DA can't. If you follow the links to the visual, you'll see that there's an upload date to the side in which deviantart actually tells you when the picture was submitted to the site. It clearly says '2009', where this image clearly says '2014'.

Moreover, yuumei herself has said "It has come to my attention that my work closely resembles this one pepey.deviantart.com/art/globa… which was made 2 years before mine. I have never seen this until after I posted my drawing, and people started telling me about the similarities between the two. I did not copy the idea and the similarities are purely coincidental. Congrats to pepey who came up with it first, but please do not assume that I plagiarized."

As for myself, I truly do not believe that this is in any way 'copying' art. Nothing was traced, nothing was stolen, it's simply two brilliant artists who happened to coincidentally have similar ideas. I applaud both of them.
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ThestralWizard Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I talked to the artist already.
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Hikari-chan23 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is legit! Well done! :happybounce: 
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Dakota149 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
Oh my gosh.. Your artwork is so amazing and. i'm speechless... It's so true, that the northpole and southpole will melt and all the flat lands will be flood... 
Your drawing is so amazing °____° and this truth makes me sad... polar bears are my favourite animals for a long time..
And this title of your work fits perfectly 
(sorry for the bad grammer, english is my second language :) )
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