I did this piece to symbolize the effect of global warming on the habitat of polar bears. As with most species that are or will be vulnerable to climate change, habitat is key in the case of the polar bear. Climate change is warming the Arctic along with the rest of the planet — and in the Arctic, that means sea ice is melting. Because polar bears’ main prey — seals — are best hunted on sea ice. Without sea ice, polar bears cannot catch enough seals to eat — and without enough seals to eat, they are unlikely to gain enough weight to survive their fasting season from the Fall to the Summer.
This is leading to longer periods between successful hunts which decreases the female polar bears’ reproductive success. A female polar bear who has not gained sufficient weight may not produce cubs; may produce less milk (leading to smaller, less viable cubs); or may abandon cubs. These are all behaviors that will impact the survival of the species. The progression shown in my project, represents the gradual destruction of the polar bear species.