Photo: BJ Kirschhoffer / Polar Bears International
Arctic Sea Ice Day
Arctic Sea Ice Day is July 15th!
The Arctic is warming two to three times as fast as the rest of the planet, causing the sea ice to melt. Polar bears rely on sea ice to hunt, breed, roam, and sometimes den.
But it’s not just about polar bears.
Sea ice serves as the earth’s air conditioner, helping to keep our planet cool. It’s also the basis of the Arctic marine food web and is used by Northern communities for transportation and access to food.
It's important to work together to protect the sea ice that all of us rely on.
Let’s Talk About it
What can you do to move the world toward action on climate warming and save Arctic sea ice for polar bears? Start by talking about it.
Why? Because if no one is talking about it, we can’t build support for meaningful action.
Here are a few tips for having these important conversations:
Focus on what draws you together. Instead of bombarding people with facts, focus on what connects you to the other person––whether it’s skiing, a local extreme weather event, a love of fly-fishing, or children and grandchildren. Then connect the dots between what you both care about and our changing climate.
Listen. Show respect for other person’s experiences by actively listening in the conversation. Ask questions and talk about their concerns. Interacting from a place of mutual respect will help you maintain a more honest and open dialogue.
Don’t pretend to have all the answers. You don’t need to understand complex climate models or all the proposed solutions. The point is simply to talk about the issue and share concerns instead of avoiding them. By making climate change an everyday topic, you’ll help normalize caring for the environment and the need to change systems—bringing your friends, family, and community into the conversation.
Get Involved on Arctic Sea Ice Day
Donate to support our work.
You can make a difference! Together, we can save sea ice and ensure polar bears roam the Arctic for generations to come.
Tune into our live events.
We’re planning live programs on Arctic Sea Ice Day and will also be streaming our live Beluga Cam. Stay tuned for our schedule.
Learn about Arctic sea ice.
Discover surprising facts about this remarkable frozen ecosystem and its connection to our global climate.
Explore the world of belugas.
Sea ice is important to polar bears, people, and other wildlife—including beluga whales.
Watch a video on sea ice ecoregions.
Learn about the 4 sea ice habitats where polar bears roam—and why some sea ice is better for the bears than others.
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