I know, I know. It's not about the polar bears. It's about human health, happiness and security as it depends on the well-being of our planetary habitat. At least that's the rather cumbersome phrase I coined in order to get away from the "environment," which to so many connotes something alien, outside of ourselves and low in priority.
But even if we get away from nature and wildlife for the purposes of trying to advance the more politically popular agendas of climate change, decreased foreign oil dependence and a sustainable economy stabilized by renewable energy, can I just say this? I love nature and wildlife.
I even love frogs.
Most certainly, I love Flocke, the adorable polar bear cub born in the Nuremberg Zoo in January. She's way too cute to drown in an Arctic Sea without ice. That's reason enough, as far as I'm concerned, to change the way I live.
PS Not sure I'd change my life for frogs, though (okay, lighten up, that's a joke!).
Thanks to my eco-hero Kate Zidar--planner at YMPJ, ecologist at Habana Outpost, visiting professor at Pratt, and God knows what other cool things designed to make me sick with envy--for forwarding the pics of Flocke below.