Polar bear ‘stranded’ on Thames

Giant polar bear sculpture floats down Thames

Commuters in London had to stop and do a double take yesterday morning when they saw a giant polar bear floating down the Thames.

The 16 foot-high sculpture was part of a new drive to raise awareness about the dangers of global warming.

The floating figure depicted what has become an iconic image of climate change – melting ice caps – and it was especially commissioned to mark the launch of Eden, a new digital TV channel devoted to natural history.

It took a team of 15 artists two months to complete the structure, which aims to raise awareness of the affect the melting ice caps will have, not only on polar bears, but on the two billion people who depend on the glacial meltwater that feeds their rivers.

Wildlife broadcaster Sir David Attenborough said: ‘The melting of the polar bears’ sea ice habitat is one of the most pressing environmental concerns of our time. I commend Eden for highlighting the issue; we need to do what we can to protect the world’s largest land carnivores from extinction.’

The sculpture will now travel to other cities around the UK, including Birmingham and Glasgow.

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