Marissa Krouse with a Vote for Polar Bears sign

Policy changes are needed to secure the polar bear's future. I proudly display my "Vote for Polar Bears" sign to show my support for climate action.

© Devon Albeit Photography

8/24/2020 3:36:33 PM

The Power of Voting

By Marissa Krouse, Programs Manager

One hundred years ago this month, women in the United States were finally given the right to vote. This change came about because of the passion and commitment of leaders like Susan B. Anthony, a champion of women’s voting rights, the abolition of slavery, labor rights, and equal pay for equal work—all systems of society that at one time met strong resistance from people in power.

Susan’s work showed us that real change happens when citizens come together to demand approaches and programs that work—and that, by uniting around a common cause, we can change the rules of the game.

As the programs manager for Polar Bears International, I work with many of our conservation and education partners across the globe. One of the most common questions I’m asked is: “What can I do to help polar bears?”

For polar bears, the loss of sea ice habitat due to climate change is the single biggest threat. Polar bears rely on sea ice to hunt, breed, and sometimes den. But we can’t build a fence around the polar bear’s melting habitat and we can’t assign wildlife officers to guard the gate. Instead, the key to saving sea ice and getting the climate back to functioning the way it should is to greatly reduce carbon emissions, meeting the goals set at the Paris Climate Agreement.

We can all do our part to reduce emissions through our day-to-day choices, but to achieve the level of reductions needed, we must focus our efforts on working to change systems and the rules of the game—just like Susan B. Anthony did! It’s time to get to work as a global society to demand that our leaders rethink and reduce our energy use.

In fact, the single most important thing that we can all do for polar bears is to VOTE with the climate in mind, in each and every election. Will you sign our pledge to Vote for Polar Bears, helping to ensure their futureand our own?

Vote for Polar Bears graphic

The presidential election in the U.S. is still a couple of months from now, but we can all do our part to support candidates, at all levels, who support a shift away from fossil fuels—making renewable energy options like solar and wind the easy, and affordable, choice for all of us.

But this is absolutely not specific to the U.S.! No matter where in the world you live, you can VOTE FOR POLAR BEARS!

Concern for the climate is normal and looking out for the well-being of others is something we all have in common. Voting gives you a voice in our shared future. Let’s put a healthy and just planet first and come together to preserve a future for polar bears—and improve conditions for all of us.

Make a donation between now and the election and we’ll send you a Vote for Polar Bears sticker. You can also print out your own poster or order a Vote for Polar Bears yard sign through Zazzle. And don't forget to sign our Vote for Polar Bears pledge and share it with others!

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