Deliver peitions at the Department of the Interior in Washington on Earth Day, April 22, 2009. The petitions call on Secretary Salazar to protect the polar bear from the effects of global warming.
Petitions to save the polar bear
Adding polar bears to the endangered species roster was the first time climate change had ever been cited as a causative factor for protecting an animal.
Joel Smith is a web producer at Pacific Standard. His previous work includes seven years as a staff writer and media editor at the Pacific Northwest Inlander, the alternative weekly in Spokane, Washington.