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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. www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news…

Global warming is undeniably here. 2000-present date was the warmest decade on record worldwide www.epa.gov/climatechange/indi…. 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 billingsgazette.com/news/local…) 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
www.stopglobalwarming.org
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.

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It has come to my attention that my work closely resembles this one pepey.deviantart.com/art/globa… 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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eulani Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
Props to you my good sir.
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Kyros-XIII Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
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The southern ice cap is increasing in surface area.
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FenrusU Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
there is an equilibrium to the world that people simply refuse to see. -_-' lol

mass hysteria is debate-ably the most deadly predator humanity will ever face. sure is ironic.
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Kyros-XIII Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
Mmf. Well the human mind does not like to stop what it's doing. It's very difficult to change a person's mind, especially if they believe what is widely accepted and thrust into their face at every opportunity by the media.

Yes indeed. In my opinion, in the case of 12/21/12, if anything comes of that, it'll be from people freaking the fxxx out.
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FenrusU Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
very true. the psychological composure of humanity is both baffling and impressive.
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CarlMoore Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
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while the surface may be increasing, it's still losing mass.
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Kyros-XIII Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
Oh, how interesting. I'll be sure to read this more fully when I'm less tired. I also read it was increasing in thickness as well, so I'll take a look. Thanks for sharing!
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ElfGirl101 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
right, and that also harms other animals' homes, it gives animals like whales less space, because of the larger ice caps.
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Kyros-XIII Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
...ice floats. Your argument is invalid.
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ElfGirl101 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
but the ice is too far below the water. each year another layer is added, causing it to SINK lower and lower.
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AllypopWeshi Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student General Artist
that is true but ice caps are not just on surface they are below the water to and are larger under water we are only seeing the tip of the ice from the surface.. now as for ElfGirl well lets just put it this way Wales can move through the Ice Caps or go around them the OCEAN is Larger then you think. since we only discovered 1% of it.
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Hima-Arenu Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
but the other polar cap is also important
in the polar cap that melts polar bears are living
neither of the 2 polar caps should melt

but here I still see human selfishness

because people do not care as long as there is still a polar cap ...
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Vladislav-Salata Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
It's just our human nature, it's the nature of all animals on the planet - consume or be consumed, but in our case just consume. For example, tigers are fierce predators and they don't care how cute is the antilope when the bite their face off - they devour them to survive. Also, they bully weak tigers to get the meat, while the weak ones are feasting upon fresh meat. If tigers were intelligent, they'd abuse other animals too - more power, more chances of survival.

Don't look upon me as an animal hater, but it's just life. We can't change anything unfortunately - we won't stop untill this world's resources will be scavenged, and we won't stop on other worlds when we finally master space colonisation.

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If you stare long enough into the abyss, the abyss stares back at you...
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Shamziel Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
It is extremely foolish of you to believe that we can just escape the ravaging of the earth by leaving it, like cowards. It's a completely non-viable option. Not only do we not have the resources to build and fuel enough ships - or even a relatively small number - not only is it completely impossible at this time - and likely within the next few hundred years - to make other planets remotely livable, the prolonged confinement and lack of sunlight that such a life would inevitably bring would drive us insane. We could not survive fleeing from our problems.

If this planet dies, we will die with it. We have nothing to replace it with.

Modern industrial human life is a perversion of nature. To illustrate this point, anthropologists have found that more than 50% of the human cultures they study worldwide respect the planet more than industrial societies, and consequently each other - the instance of rape in those cultures, for instance, is almost non-existent. Modern humans are also unbalanced neurologically because we lack the natural ability to purge emotional pain by storing it in our bodies and releasing it - we hold onto it, and let it affect our brains, and as a result, *we are the only animals on earth that suffer mental illnesses that are not inborn*. This is scientific fact.

We are killing ourselves, and we need to wake up and address that. If we don't, all we can look forward to is the despair of very slow death, and the knowledge that it is our fault and no one else's.
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Yanifh Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sorry but I need to say this.

If we can't change anything then..we won't have the possibility to master space...CAUSE WE WILL BE DEAD CAUSE WE KILLED OUR PLANET!!!!!

Yeah...it's true that the law of life is kill or get killed BUT animals don't desrespect Earth. They don't destroy their home LIKE WE DO! That's why there's a balance..cause when they die..they do back to Earth and "give back".
Unfortenatly we - human race - are breaking the balance since decades.. and that is finally coming back to kick us. Call it Karma, Destiny or just Laws of Nature, I don't care.
But it's because of people like you, that are too lazy to get away from the couch or just to self centered, to do a thing, that this world is like it is now.

Can you see? In this drawing the human is also doomed! This is just about the animals... then again..it is.
CAUSE WE ARE ALSO ANIMALS!

Now move your ass and help save the world - it can start by just passing the word - .
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Kyros-XIII Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
The rate at which the northern ice cap is extremely slow and it would take hundreds of years to melt completely. As global climate change is cyclical, the earth's temperature would have dropped again and the northern cap would start to grow again. And the southern ice cap is pretty much making up the difference of water being put into the ocean by locking it back in ice.
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LadyMoonshade Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Um... no. Look at satellite pictures of Antarctica sometime. It's getting smaller, and the rocky permafrost is being exposed more every day. I don't know where you're getting your information, but it's horribly inaccurate.
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Conkeras Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student General Artist
lol what you say actually makes no sens because in the north pole, all there is are the ice caps, so if they melt, where are the bears suppose to go ? In a parc? In a zoo? In your garden? At least there is land in the south pole. By the way, the Earth is supposed to get back to a somewhat ice age only in many hundreds of years, wich means that all the bears will be drown already. But you surely don't care because you will be dead already, but unlike you I care about the future of the next generations so I do all I can to reduce the pollution I make. Do the same and turn off your computer because you obviously don't make a good use out of it to say things like this...
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Splenguin Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Word!
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SwinLuvSan Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student Artist
while this is probably true, what we're seeing right now is something where every year, the rate will actually increase, even if it is a tiny unit of time, the rate will continue to increase until at which point is might b possible that the northern ice cap will b completely melted before it had a chance to grow. And besides, global warming is also affecting the climate everywhere in the world, not just the ice caps. that's why it's called GLOBAL warming. :)
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SylviaVeir Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
There is nothing slow about the rate the northern ice cap is melting. Scientist are observing the cover and thickness of the icecap every year, and their results show that more and more of the ice of both the continental and the oceanic Arctic is annual instead of multi-year ice. If you look at ice-cover projection charts for the Arctic ocean, you will see that scientist estimate that much of the ice will be gone by 2100.
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Hima-Arenu Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
the point is not that ...
god ....
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Quelance Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Yes, it is.
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dryadnotdruid Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes.
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LennyHirsch Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Student Photographer
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DeidarasMine Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
:x I see. well i did feel bad afterwards!
nicely done :)
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TheDayDreamer363 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dont worry I did too (at the bottom part)
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1evabell Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
I'm sorry to say so did I
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fire-inferno Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The bottom's not that funny...
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TheDayDreamer363 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
is this really going to turn into a leech war thing? just my opinion, I have a right to it, that's it
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fire-inferno Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No, I was just saying I didn't think the bottom was funny... but you're entitled to your opinion. Sorry if I sounded like I was going to start a fight. :(
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TheDayDreamer363 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nonono, i mean i thought it was going to turn into one of those things were, even long after what ever happened has been taken care of, people still comment on the original and keep it going. you didn't do anything wrong :)
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Tsubasa-wing-child Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
yeah because she's still trying to change the channel with her head above water. Still it's an awesome piece in the way that it shows people really just don't care that much.
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TheDayDreamer363 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
true
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ManuTza1406 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
man also the top one...and the guilt is ours...we dont know what means LIFE anymore. Respect for the man who created this...and a warn for all of us..LET'S DO SOMETHING!
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Luffy0001 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just got reminded of MCR lol... your comment. I am one of the ones who didn't giggle or laugh a little.
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Boarok Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
Too bad it's not original...: [link]
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Vladislav-Salata Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
It's just our human nature, it's the nature of all animals on the planet - consume or be consumed, but in our case just consume. For example, tigers are fierce predators and they don't care how cute is the antilope when the bite their face off - they devour them to survive. Also, they bully weak tigers to get the meat, while the weak ones are feasting upon fresh meat. If tigers were intelligent, they'd abuse other animals too - more power, more chances of survival.

Don't look upon me as an animal hater, but it's just life. We can't change anything unfortunately - we won't stop untill this world's resources will be scavenged, and we won't stop on other worlds when we finally master space colonisation.
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nymoue Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
First off : AMAZING artwork again ! and thank you for the message ! People need to see this...

Just a reminder, as many others probably said :

It is not the planet that is in danger. Time will erase the damages we've done so far, but the human race and all the other animal will probably (surely) disapear... We are not destroying the earth, we are destroying ourselves. Evolution will continue and the cycle of life will continue (but in another way entirely), without the human race.

It's true that we're doing exactly what other animals are doing and that we are in fact animals ourselves, but we differ from them in the fact that we ARE conscious of the impacts of our consommation and we don't even try to stop it...

Anyway, we're doomed anyway. We will not change our ways in time... Sorry to burst the bubble. But, we can try to make it happen less faster ... it's the least we can do for the future generations...
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OpalBat Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It is part of sentience to work against our own animalistic nature and surpass it. We've done it with agrarianism, science, and with philosophy. Can't we do the same to surpass our instinct to consume?
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NumesSanguis Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
Even if our basic personality comes from genes, we can go against this by using our mind, by putting energy in thought we can neglect our instincts. So are we up against this challenge? Will you just follow your instincts for the rest of your life, or do you want to do something with it?
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tivapam Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with you, but consuming in the way we are doing is not about surviving anymore. Why would we need televisions, ipads, more clothes, etc. to survive? I know it's not possible to stop with that kind of consuming. For human, it's not just surviving, its unfortunatelymostly about money..
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Vladislav-Salata Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
Yes, that was exactly my point - but we can't help ourselves being greedy - it's all in the genes.
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DrawWithLaura Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Actually, they do those things to keep their species strong. They eat the "cute" antelope for food and they pick on the weak tigers to keep their species strong, to keep evolution on the best path.

Also what we're doing isn't just oh eating the poor cow or taking the poop mearcats habitat, we're destroying the planet and the creatures (such as polar bears) that aren't even influencing our life. (Generally speaking about America, I don't think Polar bears have a direct influence on Americans, but we're destroying the icebergs) which you COULD say thats their "habitat" however the icebergs will raise ocean levels, cause climate changes world wide and inevitably effect all the animals, the planet AND humans. We're killing ourselves basically. And taking everything else with us.
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Vladislav-Salata Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Yes, I know, but why do they take? Because their instincts tell them to take. We still have SOME active instincts, and we cannot go against them.

Tell me, would you give away everything you love and live in a monastery for the rest of your life?
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Zerohope2survive Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Even if we did try to drag it out as long as possible, the sun is going to swallow this planet up eventually. Earth simply wont exist forever, whether it's our fault or not. The ideal thing would be (as wise and intelligent creatures) to try and time it so that the resources we have on Earth run out just before it becomes impossible to live on. (That way we won't waste a single thing).

As for space colonization, we don't have that kind of technology just yet. We'll be lucky if we have it in time at the rate we're going. As we've established before, the climate problem is picking up its pace--at the same time, space programs are seeing a very sharp plunge into defunctness.

In other words, if we really want to be parasites, we should at least do it intelligently (not that we have much choice at this point).
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Vladislav-Salata Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
Yes, glad you agree (partly). Trust me, we WILL master space colonisation in a matter of 50 years (ooh, and that's when oil will run out!), just leave it to Russia.
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mercipher Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
agreed,

but i also think that people you not just leave it to, "them" to find ways to save our planet. if people were as intelligent as we all claim we are, why do we not all go out and study and experiment ways to help save our Earth? Earth does not have nearly as many Scientists as the potential great minds, why do we feel the compassion to enter this debate but not do anything actually productive?

Just my Opinion.

And on another note. Even though I have become addicted to this debate myself, I really must say I admire the artwork above greatly, nice job creating this marvelous piece `yuumei!!
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wwwdots Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
i dont see what you said have any relevance to global warming and additionally, killing for food is far different from killing for luxury. on the above painting it shows the video gaming, soda, car, television. those are shown as luxury not absolute needs for survival. our wants for luxury are causing environmental damage.
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Vladislav-Salata Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
Oh it does go to global warming problem. But especially goes to animal lovers (respectfully) who think they can change something by yelling at miners, woodcutters and scientists. You can't change anything, and that is what is sad. We are selfish and greedy from nature, and we can't go against nature.
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