By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers
The panda is the icon of the World Wildlife Fund, but it was 24 polar bears in the Arctic that grabbed the attention of CEO Carter Roberts last week. Roberts was in Canada, west of the Hudson Bay, participating in the Olympic Torch relay, a prelude to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. "There's a strong environmental message in the Winter Olympics," he says, and WWF is huge in Canada. And ferrying the torch through polar bear country, he adds, is symbolic of his group's efforts to save the species's climate-challenged environment. "There are symbols and signs that the world can come together," he says, "but we need to take action, too."
Carter Roberts is shown at right. Photo courtesy of WWF/NaturalExposures.com.