Gallery: Life Preservers for Polar Bears On Sinking Arctic Ice

 

As the climate crisis mounts and Arctic icebergs slip away, polar bears are suffering starvation, population declines, and drowning as they must swim further and further to find food. Seeking to raise awareness for the endangered species’ plight, ADDI Concepts has taken wildlife preservation literally by designing a life-vest for displaced polar bears struggling to stay afloat as their homes sink into the sea.

Polar bears are facing a bleak future as Arctic icebergs continue to melt and ancient shelfs of ice collapse. The species inhabits only the Arctic Ocean and its surrounding areas, and they and can hunt consistently only from sea ice. ADDI Concepts conceived of their polar bear life jackets not as a solution for the endangered species, but as a means to increase awareness about global warming and inspire action. Their portfolio states: “A dog who lives most of its days carried around in an expensive handbag doesn’t need a camouflage hoodie and a small cap over its ears. There are a few other [creatures] who we should give at least the same attention”

The design group has also conceived of a bulletproof vest for Bengal tigers, whose numbers have decreased by 95% since 1910 due to illegal hunting.

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  1. Autumn October 23, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    I also thought about the idea of utilizing barges to replace the vanishing ice floats and I can’t think of a reason why we wouldn’t or shouldn’t do that. Seems to me that it is a rational solution.

  2. Ellylw September 3, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    I thought of the artificial island/raft idea about a year ago and decided to check if anyone else had thought of it. What would be the problem, exactly?

    Also thought of mirrored or reflective roofs.

  3. erico January 1, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    I’m sure the images are created to raise awareness, not to be literally employed.

    Polar bears, of course, need no help to stay afloat. Though the paddling to exhaustion may be a problem (a life-vest would hurt more than help the problem)…the greater exertion from swimming larger distances puts greater demands on bears to hunt. Some may face slow starvation and/or lessened ability to survive colder months by not putting on fat.

  4. pacchoi November 18, 2008 at 10:20 am

    Polar bears eat seals on the ice flows… not fish …and not on land… doooh.

  5. pritchet1 November 14, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    You might want to read this first before making any more global mistakes. Last I checked, Bears are warm-blooded animals and will go where there is food – i.e. land.

    http://peswiki.com/index.php/Directory:Global_Cooling

  6. Catlin November 14, 2008 at 11:08 am

    The life vest isn’t meant to literally save the polar bears from drowning. It’s just to raise awareness about them. It’s in the second paragraph.

  7. ash.nicole November 14, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Wow….no. Awful idea. It’s one thing to control our actions to protect wildlife. It’s another to do this kind of thing….

    Nature will always find its balance. She doesn’t need our help. And we can’t force it to happen…

  8. BB Burks November 14, 2008 at 9:39 am

    Why not make artificial ice flows, recycle old barges or oil platforms, like making artificial reefs but instead of sinking them make them, float anchored out on the areas that the polars have been tracked and the life preservers would not be needed.They can rest and fish from them. And can be move to keep up with there swimming tracks..

  9. kristenp November 13, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    Wouldn’t the life vest keep our beloved bear from diving deep to get the fish??? Now the poor thing is sure to perish!

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