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Penguins: Promoting Polar Awareness While Melting Our Hearts

(Released August 2012)

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  by Natalie Abram  


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“The changes in penguin populations reflect rapid changes in  the marine environment and show that people are doing a poor job of managing the oceans” (Boersma 606). Since penguins live in, around, and near the Southern oceans, they are particularly connected to it. There is no escape from the tides of change. Even when they are housed in zoos, they are maintained in a controlled environment that could lose power or succumb to natural destruction. But one thing is for certain, the globe is warming at an alarming rate. “Penguins are being threatened by global warming, pollution, introduced predators, and irresponsible fishing practices.  We are destroying our oceans-their oceans-at an unprecedented rate” (deNapoli 193). The prominence of penguins on the big screen each year can create models for the polar region.  Will those movie roles be enough to enhance their conservation status long-term?  “Environmental groups are using the film, and …equally popular documentary March of the Penguins to push their messages—especially the dangers of increasing fishing in the Southern Ocean and Climate change,” ("Green Activists" 978). Humans are the only ones to help the organisms survive.  “Although there is no silver bullet for solving global climate disruption in the Antarctic, the best scientific minds in the ATCP [Antarctic Treaty Consultative Party] could mobilize considerable energy and revenues toward seeking viable, long term solutions” (Joyner 101). Until that happens, penguins will continue to melt hearts as the ice caps are thawing.

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