Arctic Sea Ice Day
The Arctic is warming 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. We created Arctic Sea Ice Day, July 15th, to draw attention to the ice loss taking place in the Arctic, why it matters, and how we can reverse this trend.
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.
Future generations of polar bears and people depend on the decisions we make today. That's why it's important to work together to protect the sea ice that all of us rely on.
As we rebuild from the pandemic, we have an opportunity to carefully consider what we bring forward—building a future that’s good for polar bears and people too.
What can you do to move the world toward action on climate warming and save Arctic sea ice for polar bears? Talk about it.
Here are a few tips for having these important conversations:
- Ditch the facts. Focus on what draws you together. By beginning with shared values, you'll find natural openings for talking about climate warming. Instead of bombarding people with facts, try grounding these conversations in what connects you to the other person––whether it’s skiing, a local extreme weather event, national security, 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 to talk about climate warming in a meaningful way. 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.
Learn more about sea ice and why it matters to all of us.
- Tune in for two live events on Arctic Sea Ice Day!
- Read (and share) our blog post 9 Facts About Arctic Sea Ice.
- Find out why sea ice is important not only to polar bears and people but also to other wildlife, including beluga whales.
- Learn about the state of the sea ice from climate scientist Zachary Labe.
- Discover the four major sea ice ecoregions. These regions are defined by how the sea ice forms and changes in different parts of the Arctic throughout the year and how polar bears in different area respond to these changes.