In 1973, the number of Bald Eagles
was dwindling, and the national bird became a powerful symbol that helped lead to the Endangered Species Act
. Protecting Bald Eagles required restrictions on pesticides and the banning of DDT—which helped promote the much broader environmental movement. Now the polar bear
has become symbolic of another, much broader concern: Global Warming.
Rosa Meehan, Alaska Chief of Marine-Mammal Protection, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Kieran Suckling, Policy Director, Center for Biological Diversity
Joel Southern, Washington Bureau Chief, Alaskan Public Radio Network