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National Wildlife Federation

Location:   VA,  20190
Marching Since:   January 31, 2006
Impact:   2,002 marchers

Why We Are Marching

Our organization is committed to protecting wildlife for our children's future--a mission that puts global warming front and center on our list of issues to tackle. Warmer average temperatures are causing wildlife species across the country to respond, as they attempt to cope with changes in habitat and food sources. Already, a number of species have been driven to extinction, and the ranges of many others have shifted.

* Polar bears are thinner because the ice they hunt on is freezing later and melting earlier, bringing into question their long term survival in a warming world.

* Coral reefs are dying because of warmer water temperatures and rising seas.

* Birds' ranges are shifting. Native Alaskans had no word for "robin" when it appeared a few summers ago.

This is only the beginning, as global warming forces wildlife to adapt to major changes in a matter of decades, rather than thousands of years.

The National Wildlife Federation is marching not only for wildlife, but also for the wildlife traditions that Americans hold dear. According to a 2001 survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, more than 82 million people spent more than $108 billion hunting, fishing and observing wildlife. But what happens if ducks don't need to fly as far south in winter? What happens if coldwater fish can't stand the heat in warmer rivers and streams?

It is easy to be overwhelmed by the long list of potential problems global warming could cause, yet it is also easy to make a difference. From the simple act of making your home more energy efficient to contacting your local or federal representatives and asking them to support legislation to reduce global warming pollution, every little bit helps.

Joining this march is the first step to a better future.

Find out more about how you can make a difference in your own community at the National Wildlife Federation's global warming website, www.nwf.org/globalwarming.

Also, read more about how global warming is affecting wildlife in our special global warming edition of National Wildlife magazine, http://www.nwf.org/nationalwildlife/index.cfm?issueID=74.

Larry Schweiger
President and CEO
National Wildlife Federation

Jerome Ringo
National Wildlife Federation

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