Photo: Simon Gee / Polar Bears International
Polar Bear Week AAC Toolkit
Polar Bear Week is the first week of November!
This year the dates are October 30th-November 5th. You can help by joining our efforts to raise awareness about sea ice loss and the impacts on polar bears, using the tools and resources below.
Polar Bears International’s Story:
Polar Bears International is the only nonprofit with a sole focus on wild polar bears and their Arctic habitat. We are proud to be a part of a global network working to protect Arctic sea ice, an ecosystem many species depend on across the circumpolar north.
A polar bear's life cycle is almost exclusively tied to the sea ice. Polar bears rely on sea ice for hunting, traveling, breeding, and sometimes denning. Sea ice loss from climate change is the single biggest threat to polar bears—and the reason the bears are listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species.
In some regions, polar bears are now spending 3-4 weeks longer on land than their ancestors did, which means less food. We are seeing bears with smaller body size, fewer cubs, and declines in some populations. Across the Arctic, sea ice loss due to climate change is driving more polar bears ashore in more places—and for longer periods.
For the past couple of years, Polar Bears International has been testing whether ground-based radar could be used to detect polar bears, serving as an early warning system that could alert communities to approaching bears, part of our ongoing efforts to help to provide people who live, work, and travel in the North the additional tools to stay safe.
This year we will continue to test the “Bear-dar” ground-based radar systems to assess their potential in alerting authorities day or night if polar bears approach the town. If successful, these systems could be used to help communities and remote camps across the Arctic reduce human-polar bear conflict. New in 2022, we have mounted one of the radar units on a mobile tower that will be tested in corridors known to be frequent paths traveled by polar bears near the community.
The polar bear migration is one of the most extraordinary events in the natural world, offering a rare glimpse into the lives of these unique animals. Let’s take a look at the ways to stay engaged during Polar Bear Week, October 30st - November 5th this year…
Stay connected! Together, we can make a difference for polar bears and people. Reconnect with an old friend in the alumni network or engage on the private alumni and ambassador space on facebook. If there’s a Climate Alliance participant or Field Ambassador at your institution who is joining the PBI team in Churchill this year, connect over your shared experience, talk about the program and the network.
The Polar Bear Cam is back! Live cams in partnership with Explore.org, Frontiers North Adventures, and Parks Canada will continue this year. Tune into the live Polar Bear Cam to see if you can spot a polar bear in action AND share with your networks.
Learn more and share.
Read and share an article about coexisting with polar bears.
Visit our Education Center to view one of our newest units and share with your educational partners, like our Integrated STEM - Polar Bear Math And Science unit!
View our Tundra Connections broadcasts during Polar Bear Week. We’ve planned a mix of educational webcasts and fun, more casual live chats aboard Tundra Buggy® One and elsewhere. Share the schedule and/or the promo video with your membership and educational partners.
Tundra Connections Schedule
Also returning this year, Check out and share our polar bear resources on Flip with the joincode: polarbearsint
LEGO Buggy One
Like what you see from Tundra Buggy® One, our mobile broadcast studio and polar bear monitoring vehicle? Help spread the word about supporting a LEGO Product Idea featuring Buggy® One, developed by a polar bear and STEAM enthusiast. It takes just a few minutes to create an account and support the LEGO Product Idea! (Lego creates new products based on public support.) AND share the video OR the article to build even more support!
Create Your Own Content
As trusted messengers we invite you to be a part of a collective effort to keep polar bears and people safe! Helping polar bears and people coexist with each other while we work to address climate change is a critical part of our work on behalf of polar bears.
Write up your own post or use some of the sample language below!
Key Links & Polar Bears International Handles
Polar Bear Week short link for social media: bit.ly/pbearweek
Polar Bear Week Donate short link for social media: bit.ly/detectprotect
#PolarBearWeek #DetectAndProtect #SaveOurSeaIce
Kindly tag Polar Bears International so we can see your efforts to protect polar bears and people!
Photo: Meril Darees and Manon Moulis / Polar Bears International
Start a Fundraiser
This year, we’re encouraging people to support our efforts to develop “Detect and Protect” radar technology to alert communities of approaching bears, keeping polar bears and people safe.
Take our Detect and Protect Polar Bears Challenge by starting a personal fundraiser and challenging your followers to do the same! We’ve set a goal of $150,000—and your participation can make a real difference.
Sign up – U.S. and International Supporters
Sign-up – Canadian Supporters
Climate Action Talking Points
Want to share how important climate action is to you? Use these talking points to share your concern with those you love. This year, the U.S. midterms elections are November 8 and the COP27 Climate Summit is November 6-18—both right after Polar Bear Week.
Call for bold action from #COP27. Ask world leaders to protect people and nature by urgently scaling up climate solutions. Watch for our social media outreach from the Climate Summit in Egypt and join the conversation! This Toolkit, made for educators, is a helpful tool to prepare yourself and your followers to follow COP27 or learn more about international climate negotiations.
Support an #EnergyShift and #VoteForPolarBears. We are so much more than our individual actions. Think about where your strengths and skills can be applied to influencing decisions on where our energy comes from. Research renewable energy options available to you, contact your local and national civic leaders, find a community of others who share your concern for climate change, and invite your friends and family to do the same.
TALK about climate change and solutions. Share these with your viewership and your friends and family. Include them in your distance learning programs or tabling events on grounds. And pull from the youth solutions handout when talking to younger learners.
#SaveOurSeaIce #ClimateActionNow #EnergyShift #TalkAboutIt #COP27
Feel free to share these sample posts on social media with your own visuals or with one of our included graphics to spread the word. Kindly tag @PolarBearsInternational and/or share a link to our website. We deeply appreciate your support!
Photo: Tim Auer / Polar Bears International
Polar Bears in Your Inbox
Get the inside scoop on some of our Churchill research programs and our participation at COP27. Watch for an email every Monday from our own Alysa McCall with news from the polar bear capital, on COP27, and what’s going on that week!
Photo: BJ Kirschhoffer / Polar Bears International
Looking for more? You can always find additional resources in your AAC toolbox.