Thoughts from the front lines

The Ice is Melting


Polar bears are one of the species who are currently the most affected by climate change. As the earth keeps warming up, the polar bears will have no other option then to slowly start heading south. Is the human race so faulty that we will not realise the harm we are doing until a polar bear moves in next door to one of us. Polar bears are perfectly designed for life in the arctic. Their fur allows them to easily blend in, their bigger paws are built to facilitate swimming between pieces of ice, etc. Unfortunately, due to the warming of the planet their natural habitat is disappearing. The food they have always relied on is becoming harder and harder to catch. Not because their hunting skills are declining but simply because their access to this food is melting. This will eventually force the polar bear to adapt or die. Atwood tackles this subject in her book The Year of the Flood.

In her book the human response to this problem is typical human behavior. Instead of pausing and changing are ways in order to reverse the melting of the polar bears natural habitat. We come up with the brilliant idea of flying in are organic waste to the arctic, in order to feed them. Thus allowing us to continue are destructive behavior, god help us! It is my hope that the real life solution we will come up with, will not mimic anything that even remotely resembles the Bearlift Company.



We as Canadian are the closest human neighbours to the polar bear. What is bad for them will eventually be bad for us. What is good for them is good for us.

When you realise that decisions you have been taking are generating negative consequences. Do you go back and change those initial behaviors or do you find a way to adapt to those negative consequences?



3 thoughts on “The Ice is Melting

  1. Great blog post! As you said, I think we as humans are very good at finding quick-fix solutions that don’t actually go to the source of the problem. We are also excellent at finding band-aid solutions that, more often than not, end up backfiring. The one in the novel is a perfect example. In order to help bears adapt, they started throwing them organic waste. The catch is that bears ended up becoming dependent to the waste and stopped looking for food because they realized that it would be brought to them. Ultimately, like pointed out in class, these bears were probably dead after the Waterless Flood because no one brought them food anymore. It is very frustrating seeing the human kind always looking to resolve problems with temporary solutions instead of going to the source of the problem!

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  2. As a race, humanity generally leans towards the quick-fix. We like things to be patched up so we don’t have to look at it, rather than fixed, because that takes effort. And we are willing to sacrifice basically anything in order to avoid moving into an uncomfortable position. Atwood describes Bearlift as a company designed to “help” the bears, but, in the end, the bears ended up dead. Chances are, Bearlift will be seen as a viable option for humans of our time to adopt. Humans seem to lack the true capacity to help anything because effectual fixes involve work. The final question asks is we think that we will change and help or not. Realistically, I think the answer is “not”. Humans like idealism and optimism, but when it comes to practical life, we tend to do what is easiest, which results in the bears dying and the global climate repaying the favor. So…. we’re doomed. It’s just a question of which gets us first, the bears, who are moving towards us from the north, or the climate, which can get us from all directions… I guess no matter what, we’re all heading south.

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  3. It’s really a shame that we’ve damaged the environment to the extent that we have. Before we know it, cities and countries will be submerged because of rising sea levels. Apparently, the Maldives are suffering (to some extent) the same fate as the polar bears. It seems the sea levels around the islands have gone up 5cm recently, but has returned to normal levels since. Still, this is very worrying. Unfortunately (and this is the worst part), the former president Nasheed of the Maldives refused to believe stats like these and continued to allow tourists to visit the islands for economic reasons. I understand where he’s coming from, considering tourism is the islands’ biggest income, but their needs to be some serious changes to the tourism industry in the Maldives. Reminds me of Trump!


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