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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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CaldoRosa Featured By Owner 2 days ago  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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AnaAosPedacos Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It appears that someone copied your art: fav.me/d86dnbw
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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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AnaAosPedacos Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't really trust descriptions.
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