Every year, this global event draws attention to the challenges polar bears face in a warming Arctic—and the urgent need to take action to ensure their future.
Sea ice loss from human-caused climate warming is the single biggest threat to polar bears.
Polar bears rely on sea ice to hunt seals, breed, and sometimes den. We could see dramatic declines in polar bear numbers by mid-century if we do not greatly reduce the use of fossil fuels for our energy needs, and instead shift to renewables.
We invite you to join us in electing leaders who support a rapid transition from fossil fuels—making renewable energy options the easy, and affordable, choice across communities.
Watch Bare Existence, a powerful short film produced by Canada Goose. It documents our work with polar bears, driving awareness and inspiring action.
Join us for special programming throughout the day, from live chats on Facebook to other opportunities to connect. You'll have the chance to meet a range of experts—from the U.S., Canada, Norway, and Denmark—and ask questions. And if you miss them live, you can watch later! See the schedule here.
Exercise your rights as a citizen. The most important step you can take is to vote with the climate in mind, in each and every election, and to let your representatives know you support bold climate action. Download our #VoteForPolarBears artwork for stickers and/or purchase yard signs on Zazzle!
Support carbon pricing. The U.N. recommends carbon pricing plans like Canada’s, with dividends returned to citizens, as the fastest, most equitable way of achieving the emission reductions needed. This will save the sea ice that polar bears require and benefit all life on Earth, including people.
Everyday Climate Solutions. For inspiration, see our solutions blog post, highlighting the top five ways to get involved.
Scale It Up. Everyone can play a part. Explore our community action toolkits for ideas on making an impact close to home—a great project for schools!
Donate. Choose the "in honor of" option and receive a handsome 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.
Socialize It. Change your Facebook profile picture using this temporary profile frame and share our content on social media with #InternationalPolarBearDay, #PolarBearDay, #PolarBearsInternational, and #SaveOurSeaIce.
Using less energy produced by fossil 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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