To the Arctic: A Story of Hope, Loyalty, and Love

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“To the Arctic,” narrated by Meryl Streep, and starring a faithful mother and her two cubs will take you on a journey through the North Pole.

“To the Arctic,” narrated by Meryl Streep, and starring a faithful mother and her two cubs will take you on a journey through the North Pole. You will be shocked at the majestic beauty of the North such as ice- capped mountains and the intense arrays of the Northern lights. “To the Arctic,” an IMAX film showing at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science will take you through months of filming these “camera shy” bears. Polar bears.

 

The mom faces many dangers through the Arctic: starvation, intense heat, and even death. As the earth is releasing greenhouse gases more than ever before into the earth’s atmosphere, it will not only affect us, but all Arctic wildlife. With the melting of ice caps, it has been harder and harder for polar bears to hunt Arctic seals. They have to swim farther just to find a couple seals.  In no time, polar bears will have nowhere to live but dry land. No ice. No home. You may be thinking, “Why would anyone/ anything want to live in the Arctic? It’s SO freezing.” But to polar bears, it’s paradise. These beautifully white creatures can’t help the increase of melting, and they can’t live anywhere else. As the mother and her two cubs travel through the Arctic, not only do they have trouble finding prey, they are prey. Male polar bears are desperate to find food, and may even consider eating polar bear cubs; they’re an easy target. But momma bear won’t let that happen. She sends off a message to the male bear saying, “You can have my cubs, but you’ll have to kill me first.” Not only does this documentary show you the change in polar bears’ lives, it shows other Arctic species such as birds, walruses, and caribou. All of these animals are affected by the melting of the glaciers. For example, since the shrinking of the ice, walruses are forced to move to dry land. It’s awful to think that in 2050, there will be no ice in the North Pole and we didn’t do anything about it. At least that’s how I felt after watching this incredible short film, “To the Arctic.”

 

 

The film starts off with a dramatic entrance; the 3D “ice- thrown- at your- face-effect” made everyone duck at least once. I loved the change of animals and the heart- breaking but true facts about the miserable effects of global warming. Parts of the documentary had me welling up and I felt truly inspired to make a change. To use energy efficiently. To recycle. To donate to the wildlife foundation and at least try to save these slowly- decreasing species. With a G-rating, “To the Arctic” can be seen by any aged audience and by any gender. As Meryl Streep says, “Maybe we can’t stop global warming, but we humans can at least try to slow it down.”