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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.…

Global warming is undeniably here. 2000-present date was the warmest decade on record worldwide…. 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…) 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
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.


It has come to my attention that my work closely resembles this one… 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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LolliPPOP Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017
i almost cry when i see this , i wish i can save the polar bears
MoostarGazer Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017
your work is truly amazing....I would take my hat off to you if I had one.
BruchFrei Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the way you've captured a message and illustrated in such a meaningful way. :)
HErART1 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 19, 2017

This just leaves me absolutely speechless!
I love just about everything in this!
Cloudy-dragons Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This... is honestly probably the one thing about our world that scares me the most. 
Kinda makes me ashamed for being a human, but what other choice do I have? At least I try my best.
Hypevegeta15 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017
It is the realization that humanity has this unconscious need to destroy everything they touch.
moonshine928 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017
This is amazing Love And an important message too...
taurequine Featured By Owner Edited Dec 23, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I like this piece and I know that it's somewhat old and the data from misleading studies was still the most up-to-date back in 2011 but I just want to say - as someone currently attending the nation's #1 agricultural school - to be careful about placing the blame on livestock. All the livestock industries in the United States only make up 4% of our total emissions and beef cattle are at about 2.2%. Even if everyone in America participated in "Meatless Monday" (ie, *everyone* stopped eating meat one day out of the week), total emissions would only go down about... .6%, or something around there. It's negligible. And while it's true that cows do belch methane, the industry as a whole is definitely moving in the right direction, as America has the cleanest and most efficient livestock industry in the world and I think that's something to be proud of.

[My source for this is my professor who has done studies on this sort of thing so I'm not just making up numbers, I can provide statistics if anyone is interested]

Otherwise, I think this is a good message, and I love the piece and everything (from an artistic standpoint especially I think it's beautifully executed), but just want to make sure that numbers are correct and that people aren't getting the wrong impressions. :) Driving your car less and recycling and etc. and moving away from fossil fuels is going to do a lot more than not eating meat - which remains an efficient way to use our resources when you consider that cattle are raised mostly on land which cannot grow crops on it. That's an important fact that people tend to gloss over for some reason, I guess because on the Internet, unfortunately, there's a lot of weird, twisted people with some sort of anti-meat/anti-livestock agenda. I see them all too often and that's how this sort of stuff gets propagated and it's really unfortunate. :/ So this is just a friendly reminder to everyone to do a bit of research and always check those kinds of claims when people make them, because unfortunately they aren't always truthful.

Great piece, though! Always good to see people who care about the Earth.


A UC Davis Animal Science student (2nd year) :D
Milkywayxo Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
This touches my heart. Its so sad to see how the humans turned against nature. Bad! Waaaah! No, I disagree! 
Fantastic piece of art, amazing Clap Clap 
Crescenti-C Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my god what's with all the spam?? Seriously, if you're not here to comment on how emotional this piece please leave dA.
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