Polar Bear Week

It’s early November. It’s cold. It’s snowy. And polar bears are waiting for the sea ice to form. It’s Polar Bear Week!

Polar Bear Week coincides with the fall polar bear migration to Churchill, Manitoba, where polar bears gather to wait for freeze-up on Hudson Bay so they can return to hunting seals. During Polar Bear Week, we focus on the importance of sea ice to polar bears—and why we must take action on climate change to ensure their survival.

The 2018 event is November 4-10.

Let's leverage our power as citizens this week and get involved as members of community groups and organizations to save the sea ice that polar bears depend on!

Sunday, November 4: Start the week by tuning in to the live Polar Bear Cam—watch the polar bear migration and get tundrified. Also check out this week's Tundra Connections webcasts and live chats. Learn about polar bears and ask questions!

Monday, November 5: Speak up! Let your representatives know you support bold action on climate change, for polar bears and for people, too. This includes setting efficiency standards and providing renewable energy choices where we all work and live.

Tuesday, November 6: Commit to VOTE with the climate in mind, in each and every election, and at every level of government. (If you live in the U.S., be sure to VOTE today! Support candidates who commit to investing in programs that make renewable energy affordable and accessible across communities.)

Wednesday, November 7: TALK about climate change to friends, family members, and colleagues. Focus on the fact that solutions are there. For example, energy from wind and solar power will not only reduce emissions but improve air quality. And wind and solar power create more jobs than oil, gas, and coal.

Thursday, November 8: Help bring change to your community by reducing energy consumption at your home, workplace, or school. From light bulbs to ENERGY STAR appliances, we show you how.

Friday, November 9: Join us in making changes to the way you heat and cool your home, and work to inspire these changes on a community level. Are there wind and solar energy options available to you? Does your local energy company offer sustainable energy incentives?

Saturday, November 10: Help polar bears by supporting our work on an ongoing basis.Together, we can make a difference for polar bears and improve conditions for people too.

The Polar Bear Connection
Using less energy produced by fossil fuels reduces carbon emissions and can slow and even stop global warming, saving the sea ice that polar bears need for efficient hunting. Without sea ice, polar bears will decline in range and numbers, making them vulnerable to extinction in the future.

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