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.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and worldwide elections, this year’s Polar Bear Week will be unlike any other. We're offering more ways for people to get involved from home, aiming to relieve lockdown stress while also shining a light on climate change, an issue which is on the ballot for many. 

The 2020 event is November 1-7.

Future generations of polar bears and people depend on the decisions we make today. Let's leverage our power as citizens to save the polar bear's sea ice home while also celebrating the beauty of polar bears and the Arctic.

Did You Know?

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.

Sunday, November 1: Follow our social channels for your daily dose of self-care with polar bears! We’ll share polar bear stretches, stress-relieving snuggles, relaxation techniques, and more. Also tune into the live Polar Bear Cam to see if you can spot polar bear self-care in live action. 

Monday, November 2: Check out the schedule for this week's Tundra Connections broadcasts. It includes a mix of educational webcasts and fun, more casual live chats. 

Tuesday, November 3: Vote and speak up! Policy changes are needed to ensure the polar bear's future. That's why it's important to vote with the climate in mind, in each and every election.

Wednesday, November 4: Support an energy shift. Get involved in community projects that reduce or replace fossil fuels with clean energy sources like wind and solar. Also research renewable energy options available to you.

Thursday, November 5: Open up and TALK about climate change. Share your concerns AND solutions: 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. 

Friday, November 6: Reimagine your community. Promote clean transportation and energy-efficient construction standards. Support projects that reduce the number of vehicles and that set new guidelines for heating and cooling systems, insulation, and lighting.

Saturday, November 7: 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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