I watched Arctic Tale this weekend. Twice. This National Geographic film was both beautifully shot and poignantly written, getting its message of the perils of global warming across in a heart-wrenching–but not preachy–manner.
Narrated by Queen Latifah, the story follows the lives of Nanu and Seela, a young polar bear and walrus, respectively. It’s a charming story about coming of age, but it also has a strong message about what we are doing to their habitat. The vast, frozen land upon which these animals depend for their very survival, is melting. The statistics are alarming.
The Arctic’s summer sea ice has shrunk by 20% in recent decades. If the current trend continues, the Arctic Ocean could be virtually ice-free in the summer of 2040.
If you care about the environment–and you should–this movie is absolutely worth a rental. Better yet, buy the DVD and support wildlife conservation (including the National Geographic Polar Fund). You can watch a trailer here, though it’s a bit slow to load.
The film is not all doom and gloom; in fact, a large element of hope is present. But it is eye-opening in the most in-your-face way.