The heartbreaking story of dying polar bears, told for more than a decade now, was meant to get kids on board the global warming action train. It worked a treat – except that it was never true. The lie gave sensitive children nightmares and turned others into political activists full of groundless outrage who now pointlessly rant in the streets.
As the established icon of climate change and Arctic habitats, polar bears have been given centre stage in the climate change narrative presented to young children and their teachers. But the distressing tale of polar bears on the brink of extinction – dying for our fossil fuel sins – was never true, as I show in point form below. Polar bear lies form the foundation of the baseless political activism of Greta Thunberg that other youngsters have since emulated.
Here are some of the false ‘facts’ children have been taught:
- Polar bears are an endangered species and only a few hundred still exist
- Polar bears numbers are declining
- Polar bears now spend months on land because of climate change
- There is not enough sea ice for polar bears: no sea ice, no polar bears
- A bear falling through thin ice will drown & become a victim of climate change
- Any skinny polar bear is a victim of climate change
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Translations of my popular polar bear science book Polar Bear Facts & Myths — suitable for readers aged seven and up — are almost complete. Versions in French and German will be available soon through Amazon.
These translations have been done by native French and German speakers. They are particularly suitable for Canadian French immersion science classes and home school science lessons worldwide. But most importantly, they offer the chance for young children whose first language is French or German to read a sensible book about polar bears loaded with fabulous colour images.
Ours Polaire Faits et Mythes — Bientôt disponible!
Eisbären Fakten und Mythen — Bald erhältlich!
These translated versions of Polar Bear Facts & Myths will delight children of all ages as well as adults: they have the same question and answer format and are based on the most up-to-date science.
Please pass this notice along to teachers and parents you think might be interested.
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