Polar Bears International

12/11/2014 2:25:38 PM

{Green Your Holiday} Adjust Your Thermostat

We are greening our holidays and hope you will join us. Twice a week between now and the end of the year we'll give you tips for reducing your holiday carbon footprint. Why should we care? Because polar bears are facing a huge threat from all of us—global warming. Let's give bears a white holiday season by reducing our carbon footprint.

The winter holidays conjure up images of snuggling in front of a fire, hot beverage in hand. Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere like to stay warm this time of year, which can mean cranking up the furnace. In the south, air conditioners and fans may be more synonymous with December.

But, heating and cooling account for roughly half of the energy consumption in an average home, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Each February 27, in honor of International Polar Bear Day, we ask you to adjust your thermostat by two degrees for polar bears and take the Thermostat Challenge. That means turning heaters down and cooling unit thermometers up.

Why not start early this year?

Visit the EPA website for an overview on climate change and what each of us can do. You can also learn where your energy comes from by visiting your power company's website. Many companies allow you to choose a green option.

Instead of turning up the heat in the whole house, wrap yourself in a blanket and sing carols with your loved ones.

Polar bears can't turn down the heat or walk to the climate change talks in Lima this December to ask for help. You can speak up for them by signing our Petition for Polar Bears. Help us reach our goal of 25,000 signatures—we're at 20,000 now!

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