Every year, this global event draws attention to the challenges polar bears face in a warming Arctic—and how we each can help.
Sea ice loss from climate change is the single biggest threat to polar bears. No matter where you live or what you do, you can play a role in turning this around.
As climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe says, “When it comes to fixing climate change, we need all options on the table and all hands on deck.”
First, pledge to exercise your rights as a citizen and let your leaders know you support bold action to reduce carbon emissions. Also become involved in community efforts and talk about impacts and solutions with friends, colleagues, and family members.
Plug in and make a difference: For inspiration, check out this advice from Katharine Hayhoe on the most viable climate solutions. It’s broad, positive, and inclusive—offering everyone a way to do their part. In Katharine’s words, “There’s no silver bullet, but there’s lots of silver buckshot.”
Scale It Up: Check out our community action toolkits for ideas on making an impact close to home—a great project for schools!
Special Polar Bear Day Coverage: Visit our Facebook page throughout the day to hear short, live broadcasts from an array of scientists, staff, and special guests—and post your questions. Someone will be talking about polar bears and polar bear research every hour from 8 am to 8 pm Eastern Time, from several countries including the U.S., Canada, Norway, and Denmark. And if you miss them live, you can watch later!
Donate: Choose the "in honor of" option and receive a handsome International Polar Bear Day e-certificate, instantly!, in your name or a loved one's honor. Your gift will help amplify our shared voice and support our research, outreach, and advocacy efforts.
Make It Social: Share your photos on social media with #InternationalPolarBearDay, #PolarBearDay, #PolarBearsInternational, and #SaveOurSeaIce
Using less energy produced by carbon-based fuels reduces our carbon emissions and can slow and even stop global warming, in turn saving the sea ice that polar bears require to efficiently hunt their seal prey. Without sea ice, polar bears will decline in range and numbers, making them vulnerable to extinction in the future.
But it’s not just about polar bears. The recent U.N. report on climate change outlines devastating impacts for people—from droughts to floods to massive storms—unless we greatly reduce carbon emissions.
While action on climate change is the ultimate answer for polar bears, Polar Bears International also works to ensure we keep healthy populations in the short term.
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