2019, Middle School, Art
Ocean Soul Award Winner in Junior Art, selected by National Geographic Photographer Brian Skerry
I made this drawing because I really like polar bears. My teacher talked about polar bears being threatened by climate change, and I felt very sorry for them. My painting mainly shows the past, present and future of this arctic species, going from left to right. The beginning shows a scene of the polar bears living peacefully on the ice, but as the climate and food sources change, the ice starts to melt and causes the polar bears to migrate onto land. As they reach land, they begin to eat berries, which is not part of their normal diet, and yet, they have no choice! Followed by that, polar bears are slowly dying as the number of factories increase and global temperatures rise; the home of polar bears was once great but is now lifeless and pitch black. I believe the value of polar bears’ lives are no less than humans’, and since we all share the same planet, we should take good care of each other. If we could only take a step back and think more about the polar bears’ needs, then our future together could be much brighter.