Polar Bears International

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 a new earth awareness day, Arctic Sea Ice Day, on July 15, to call attention to sea ice loss in the Arctic and how we can help reverse this trend. We chose July 15 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, than it was in the 1980s.

Team up with us for polar bears and save our sea ice! 

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 by:

1. Voting for candidates, at every level of government and in every election, who support the transition to renewable energy.

2. Supporting local initiatives that expand solar and wind—and talking about the benefits with friends, colleagues, and neighbors.

3. If you live in the U.S., switching to Arcadia Power at no extra cost from your current energy provider. You'll help build the renewable energy grid and will benefit PBI at the same time.

4. Signing our petition asking for a fair price on carbon. This will level the playing field for renewable energy and speed up the transition from fossil fuels.

5. Contacting your representatives to let them know you care about this issue. See our primer on how to become an engaged citizen; also see our talking points below on wind and solar.

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 8.1 million people worldwide are employed by the renewable energy industry. In the U.S. alone, jobs in wind and solar outnumber fossil fuel jobs 2.5 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.

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