Arctic Sea Ice Day

Every year, the polar bears of Western Hudson Bay are forced ashore in summer when the sea ice melts.

We’ve created an earth awareness day, Arctic Sea Ice Day, on July 15th, to call attention to sea ice loss in the Arctic and how we can help reverse this trend. We chose July 15th because the breakup on Western Hudson Bay was historically in mid-July, with considerable natural fluctuation between years. Now the breakup is over three weeks earlier, on average, then it was in the 1980s.

Help save the polar bear's sea ice home. 

The key to getting the climate system back to functioning the way it should, and to preserving a future for polar bears across the Arctic, is to move away from using fossil fuels for energy altogether.

In the meantime we can also take steps to use much less of the kinds of energy that add heat-trapping gases to our atmosphere.

One way we can work together is by encouraging the shift to renewable energy sources like solar and wind. Not only will this help reduce the carbon emissions that are causing the planet to warm and the sea ice to melt, it will also create jobs, strengthen the economy, and improve the overall environment and our health.

Join us in helping to save sea ice:

1. Learn more about your local and regional renewable energy options and programs.
Are there any solar or wind energy options available to you? Does your local energy company offer sustainable energy incentives? Are there any local programs aimed at reducing emissions? Google knows!

2. Support a state/province/country-wide renewable energy program.
Vote for representatives who commit to investing in programs that make renewable energy affordable and accessible across communities. Let these leaders know that you want efficiency standards and renewable energy sources for constructing, heating, cooling, and lighting the places where we all work and live. Also show your support for carbon pricing plans, which economists say are the swiftest, most efficient paths to a renewable energy future. You can start by calling, writing a letter, or reaching out on social media.

3. Share facts about Arctic sea ice.
Read (and share) our blog post "9 Facts About Arctic Sea Ice." You'll learn surprising facts about sea ice, including the role it plays in our global climate.

4. Learn from experts.
Join us for live chats on our Facebook page as part of our Arctic Sea Ice Day celebration:

  • Live on Beluga Boat, Churchill - It's Arctic Sea Ice Day
    Beluga Boat Captain Kieran McIver and other Polar Bears International staff
    7:15 am CT
  • Live, Winnipeg – Why Arctic Sea Ice is Cool
    Dr. John Iacozza (sea ice scientist, University of Manitoba; Executive Director, Centre for Earth Observation Science )
    12:00 pm CT  
  • Live on Beluga Boat, Churchill - Help Protect Arctic Sea Ice
    Beluga Boat Captain Kieran McIver and Dr. Stephen Petersen and/or other Polar Bears International staff
    8:00 pm CT 

Did you know?

The global shift to a renewable energy future is well underway. Solar and wind power now cost less than coal, and more than 9.8 million people worldwide are employed by the renewable energy industry. In the U.S. alone, jobs in wind and solar outnumber fossil fuel jobs 5 to 1.

But there’s still more to do. On Arctic Sea Ice Day and every day, it’s important to remember that future generations of polar bears and people depend on the decisions and plans we make today. Shifting to renewable energy brings economic benefits, decreases pollution, and creates jobs, but it will also be our legacy for the future.

Why? Using less energy produced by carbon-based fuels reduces our carbon emissions and can slow or even stop global warming, improving our climate, and save our sea ice. Polar bears require sea ice for efficient hunting. Without sea ice, polar bears will decline in both range and numbers, making them more vulnerable to extinction in the future. Sea ice also helps control the global climate—our global air conditioner. A stable climate will help our children and grandchildren, too, preserving the conditions that have allowed people to flourish.

glaciers floating ont he ocean
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