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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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ArlieBelliveau Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018
Heart breaking
LPSMonsterpawz Featured By Owner May 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
for me it's no-sleep-for-you worry fuel
LiamHamilton Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2018   Filmographer
Beautiful and a clever way of delivering the message of our impact on the climate.
kazumikikuchi Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I love this, this is amazing.
Dalekaresupreme Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018
*Claps for amazing art*Clapping Pony Icon - Season Four Twilight 10th Doctor RWBY Gif - Yang 3 
NeitleyW Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018
Amazing work! So meaningful <3
pdevinney Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2018
wonderful work, creative message, lovely piece
marijeberting Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2018
Wow, outstanding, very original
UndertaleComic202 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018   Digital Artist
Amazing! This really takes a spin on global warming!
Jugenmu Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
concept is fantastic. This earned you a watch!
surraborn Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, that's very deep! Beautiful! <3
SenatorSmith Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Damn this is deep
FashionDrawer Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018  Student Artist
Soul-DrawsXD Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2018
you got selected as one of the artworks in world scholars cup, good job my dude, those thignsget selected from yale
AverageOtakuGirl Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AuthorGirl476 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2018
An excellent piece. It's sad, but it's true. WE'RE KILLING THE PLANET AND THE POLAR BEARSSSSSSSSSS
Grazemasque Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2018
Actually, no. There are five times as many polar bears now as there were 60 years ago.

It's probably not fair to expect artistic types to examine science papers but you really should not believe everything you are told without question. If you really want to look into polar bears I suggest you Google the work of one of the foremost scientists on the subject, Dr. Susan Crockford.

BTW, the northern ice cap this year extended as far south as Korea and Southern Japan. I wonder if DA will let me upload a composite NASA satellite image that is not my own work?
imsooocool Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I would really like to believe that, but I would be wrong.…
AuthorGirl476 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2018
Dang. I didn't need a history lesson but, thanks.
YikYik Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This picture is both symbolic and beautiful! Love it! :) :heart:
Also, I agree with you. People need to stop looking at only their own front porch, and realize that every single piece of plastic that anyone dumps on the street end up somewhere... usually in the sea. Every time we don't recycle something, it ends up being burned, releasing more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere which heats up the planet. Every time we use a car, we put small ash particles in the air which will land on the arctic ice caps (among other places) which makes the ice dark and speeds up the melting. And while it seems like a little... we are billions on this planet. And if all of us do small damage, it'll be huge very quickly. If you at all can, don't use plastic. Carry your fruit and other groceries in a cloth bag instead of putting it in a plastic bag in a plastic bag for example. Sort your waste. Recycle plastic, metal, glass and paper at least. It's easy.
TEEStyle Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2018
wow this is amazing o.o must have taken you hours. Beautififul message.
KittyDaUnicorn Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
holy heck, this is an incredible piece of art and really made me think. When I saw it, I legitimately stared at it for 2 minutes straight with my mouth open. Kudos to you, this is amazing
Aefis Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my god, that is so pretty istg
loverofcats102 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017
ClaireAimee Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Ricoro Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very atmospheric, I like this a lot, great work !
questicuddleXD Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Sometimes art makes me feel like a bad person. 
Helsic Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
this piece is so powerful!!!
Ayerro Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017
I love all your pieces. ;__; The story in each of them is so interesting and just appealing all around. Thank you for making such nice art. ;;
liselotte41 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
EternityKX Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful..not just in terms of drawing skills and techniques but in how you captured a concept, and drew it in a way that grips your eyes and a way that no one can look away
hazelwolfmallark Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I had a friend who made sowmthing like this
We were in thr 8th grade
It looked real nice

And so does this
Fullmoonreaper Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
This is soooo true!!!
Uzudango Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
factories should be powered with wind instead of flame.
yakamoz28 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2017
 Picaso is nothing this is the New World 
graphicdots Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great concept!
IndraMJha Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
princessponypaint Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2017  Student General Artist
It's terrible that this is happening and it needs to be stopped. The sad thing is, those with the power to do something (in the US) are ignoring the problems at hand.
MayOrnelas Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
is happening...  
leoninesoul Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2017
A beautiful work of art with an important and powerful message and warning!
Nadiiq Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
So this is who drew it! I've been wondering... awesome art, keep going!
Im-nothingspecial Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Sad to say it, but at the rate the ice caps are melting, polar bears will most likely be extinct, New Orleans will be gone; pretty much any city below sea level or one that is already close to high water will be gone. More natural disasters will most likely occur, since the weather is changing so drastically...
Because we screwed things up so much, it's practically too late to turn back and try to change the environment now. The damage is pretty much done, though it would be nice to see everything looking a little bit cleaner, less energy being used, and having the air just a bit fresher.
Beautiful artwork by the way! :D Keep up the great work~ ♥
korrawinx Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A majestic drawing with a powerful message!
DashaHam Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Soooooooooooo beautiful!!!! ♡♡
Pandaneko-xD Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This picture is beautiful but makes me so sad at the same time.
fay4real19 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017  Student General Artist
This is so powerful❤️
Game-Fuel Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Apparently an inconvenient sequel: truth to power, thought it was TOTALLY cool to completely copy your idea here.…

immediately thought of your image, which i had seen back in 2011.

Coincidence....I THINK NOT.
PythonKitten Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Back in the day, it was predicted that all ice caps would be completely melted by September of 201(5-7).  Boy were we wrong 
Hellwings Featured By Owner Edited Jun 26, 2017
Yuumei, I'm shocked and disappointed at you.

This piece that has gotten so much popularity and fame for you, one of your most iconic pieces - appears to be an embellished and anime-fied version of this somber original:

Time by pepey

Yes, you did mention it loosely, but few people could believe the similarities - the color scheme, theme, the images themselves, are merely coincidental. You yourself don't extend anyone else the benefit of that doubt. You've hounded another girl to death for plagiarizing your art before, which is fair, but what's this? I hope your fans aren't so blinded with their devotion as to not want an explanation here.
World-Hero21 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
"update: yes, you have my permission to use this artwork, as long as you don't alter it and give a proper credential."

OH HEY. GUESS WHAT THAT MEANS? It means Yuumei's free to use it as reference, and you probably need to read or re-read Pepey's description, learn to fact-check, and not jump to assumptions. :meow:
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