Next, help us make it a global day of action for the bears by taking part in our Thermostat Challenge at home, work, or school.
It's simple: just lower your thermostat on February 27th to reduce your carbon emissions and help polar bears. And then make every day a polar bear day by buying and installing a programmable thermostat or taking extra steps to reduce your energy consumption throughout the year.
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.
Scale It Up: Check out our Thermostat Challenge Toolkit for ideas on expanding the challenge in your community—a great project for schools.
Make It Social: Share your Thermostat Challenge photos on social media with #PolarBearDay, #TheromostatChallenge or #SaveOurSeaICe
Using less energy produced by carbon-based fuels reduces our carbon emissions and can slow and even stop global warming, in turn saving our sea ice. Polar bears require sea ice for efficient hunting. Without sea ice, polar bears will decline in range and numbers, making them vulnerable to extinction in the future.
Heating and cooling account for roughly half the energy consumption in an average home, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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