Symbolically Adopt for Christmas With WWF-Canada.

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This year, for Christmas we symbolically adopted a polar bear for Scarlett from WWF-Canada. When you symbolically adopt an animal from WWF-Canada, you are supporting their conservation work to protect at-risk species and the places they call home, in Canada and around the world. I am writing this to share with you the importance of giving gifts that educate and support the Earth’s ecosystem and all life on our planet. To me, it is extremely important to educate Scarlett about our wildlife and why we need to do everything we can in order to protect them. Children are our future which is why raising awareness and teaching them to respect our wildlife is so important. Scarlett can not begin to understand this topic yet but I have vowed to raise her to know right from wrong when it comes to these precious animals with whom we share our planet.

In Scarlett's short time on earth, she has grown to love all animals. When I heard about WWF-Canada's symbolical adoptions of at-risk animals I knew right away that it was the perfect gift for her. Each adoption kit comes with: A beautiful wildlife plush, a personalized adoption certificate, a stunning species poster and information pamphlet about the work your gift will help support, and one of three reusable bags of your choice. This is the perfect gift for animal lovers and children! I chose the polar bear because Scarlett loves all thing bear and likes to growl when she sees a toy bear or a photo of a bear. It's really quite a sight! Polar bears are also one of my favourite animals. Here are some facts about Polar bears:

  • Polar bears have translucent fur that appears white however, underneath their fur, their skin is actually black.

  • Polar bears have an excellent sense of smell, with the ability to detect seals nearly a mile away (1.6 km).

  • Polar bears are most comfortable in the water. Their Latin name, Ursus maritimus, means “sea bear” and they are truly a marine animal.

  • Temperatures in the Arctic have been rising causing the polar bears' sea ice habitat to diminish faster making it difficult for the polar bear to find food. This forces the bears to look farther inland for food, creating conflict with human communities. Polar bears depend on sea ice for their existence and are directly impacted by climate change—serving as an important indicator species.

  • WWF-Canada’s Arctic program is working on the ground to support polar bears and ensure their long-term survival. They work with local people and governments to protect key marine areas for polar bears, and fund research through our Arctic Species Fund on how sea ice reduction affects species distribution. For several years, WWF-Canada has implemented and funded a polar bear monitoring and patrol program in Arviat, NU, to minimize human-polar bear interactions for the safety of both people and bears.

  • You can track polar bears here: http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/where_we_work/arctic/wildlife/polar_bear/tracker/ (how cool?!).

Having a child can really change your outlook on environmental issues. I often fear for Scarlett and what the world will be like when she is older. This is why sustainable development it so important. Sustainable development is defined as "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" (The Brundtland Report). The Earth's environment has changed drastically which is largely due to human activity. It will continue to change which is why it is important to educate our children about sustainable development and conservation. These changes affect all species, not just the human species. 

I hope that I managed to raise some awareness today. I feel very passionate about this topic and I am so glad I am able to share my knowledge about WWF-Canada's Christmas gifts that help save our precious wildlife. Thank you so much for stopping by!

XO Christina.

Shop WWF-Canada's collection here: https://shop.wwf.ca/collections/adoptions.

See what WWF-Canada is up to on their Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/wwfcanada/

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