The debate over global warming has no more heart-wrenching poster child for the pro side than the polar bear.
The Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association will bring this arctic argument to Boca Grande with "The Realities of Global Warming: A Look at Polar Bears."
Steven Amstrup, head of science and research for Polar Bears International, and National Geographic photographer Dan Cox will present research and award-winning photography at the Community Center Auditorium at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16.
Photographer Dan Cox is seemingly face to face with a polar bear but top-end lens help, too.
Amstrup led the research that convinced the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to list polar bears as a threatened species and Cox, on the board of Polar Bears International, took most of the award-winning photographs of the bears themselves.
The presentation will outline research data concerning the bears and how the future of polar bears depends on muffling life-choking greenhouse gases.
DAmstrup won the Indianapolis Prize, the world's leading award for animal conservation, and the Bambi Award, for his work with polar bears and climate change.
Who: Steven Amstrup, head of science and research for Polar Bears International, and National Geographic photographer Dan Cox
What: "The Realities of Global Warming: A Look at Polar Bears"
When: 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16.
Where: Boca Grande Community Center Auditorium
Why: showing the state of the polar bear in dealing with global climate change
Cox has been named NANPA's 2013 Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year, has two National Geographic Magazine cover stories and is listed by Nikon as a Nikon Legend.
This GICIA mission is to promote the general welfare of the Boca Grande Community by preserving island life.