Photo: Simon Gee / Polar Bears International
Polar Bear Week 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 Bear Week in a Nutshell
Every fall, polar bears gather on the shores of Hudson Bay near Churchill, Canada, to wait for the sea ice to return so they can hunt their seal prey. But the summer ice-free period is three to four weeks longer than it was in the 1980s, straining the limits of the bears’ fat reserves.
Polar Bears International founded Polar Bear Week to coincide with the time when the bears have congregated near Churchill, waiting to return to their seal-hunting grounds. During Polar Bear Week, we celebrate the bears and draw attention to the need to take action on climate change … and you can help!
Create Your Own Content
During Polar Bear Week, you can help by sharing your love of polar bears and the challenges polar bears face in a warming Arctic. In addition, you can share information on our efforts to develop “Detect and Protect” radar systems—helping polar bears and people coexist.
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.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. Encourage your audience to have conversations with their network as well.
#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!
Other Ways to Get Involved
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!