1/1/2014 3:53:51 PM

New Year Resolutions for Polar Bears

Happy New Year!

As we move into 2014, the staff at Polar Bears International wants to thank YOU for all you do to help polar bears. (See our "Thank You" video below.) We couldn't do this alone.

We know there is still so much to do, and we want to share our New Year's resolutions to reduce our carbon emissions, to encourage others to do the same, and to help polar bears.

Here are our resolutions: 

I will contact my legislators, and have a specific plan of who and when to contact them. I'll also recruit a friend to do the same and get them to resolve to also recruit a friend, and so on down the line. -Steve Amstrup, Chief Scientist & Vice President, Conservation Science

If you break it, fix it.
If you can't fix it, repurpose it.
If you can't repurpose it, recycle it.
If you can't recycle it, rethink buying another.
If you must buy another, do so thoughtfully. -Virginia Amstrup

I plan to continue on the path of eating locally by freezing and canning seasonal fruits and vegetables--a behavior I stopped and need to restart. Sometimes it's not about a NEW resolution, but about sticking with previous resolutions. -Kathryn Foat, Vice President, Conservation Education & Action Strategies

This year I resolve to contact my legislative officials monthly to let them know the U.S. needs to put a value on carbon. -Melynda Harrison, Social Media Manager

My New Year's resolution is to commute carbon free a minimum of four days a week this year, that means walking or biking to work. -BJ Kirschhoffer, Director of Field Operations

This year I will have my first garden and will eat local foods as much as possible. -Leah Knickerbocker, Assistant Director of Education

I pledge to write thoughtful letters to the editor in support of action on climate change. To motivate others, I plan to speak up, to spread the word. -Barbara Nielsen, Director of Communications

This year I resolve to finally get that energy audit done on my house—and follow through on as much as I can! -Amy Shellenberger, Director of Marketing & Development

My New Year's resolution is to work towards zero plastic bags. For a long time I have eliminated plastic shopping bags and now need to work on eliminating using plastic bags to store fruits and vegetables. -Krista Wright, Executive Director

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