When the polar bear population increases by 500% it hardly qualifies as being endangered. In fact, ask the people who have their arms torn off by these cuddly little fellows whether they are as nice as they are pictured by the eco-nazis.
How did the polar bear, one of nature’s most vicious beasts, become the doe-eyed poster boy for the green lobby?
Environmentalist groups stick pictures of pitiable bears in their leaflets and on their posters. They feature heavily in Al Gore’s Hitchcockian documentary An Inconvenient Truth. Even adverts for low-energy lightbulbs and renewable energy show polar bears adrift in a sea of mangled, melting ice. The message seems clear: “Go green, or the bear gets it.”
The global polar bear population has increased from around 5,000 in the 1960s to 25,000 today.
The myth of the desolate bear reveals two things about the politics of environmentalism: first, that it’s underpinned by a simplistic, anthropomorphic view of good vs evil, which most of us grew out of before we hit our teens; second, that it frequently bends the facts to fit the fable.