A mother polar bear snuggles with her two cubs.

A mother polar bear snuggles up with her two cubs.

© © Val Beck / polarbearsinternational.org

2/9/2012 6:19:07 PM

Bundle Up for Polar Bears!

Join us in celebrating International Polar Bear Day on February 27th by turning down the thermostat two degrees.

International Polar Bear Day is less than a month away—and we can't think of a better way of honoring polar bears on their special day than by turning down your thermostat two degrees to lower carbon emissions and help save polar bears. You're invited to bundle up in your favorite warm clothing on February 27th to help raise awareness of this worldwide conservation issue—and, afterwards, to share your "Bundle Up" photos on our Facebook page.

"Reducing our carbon footprint can slow and even reverse climate change, which causes sea ice to melt," says Kathryn Foat, vice president of conservation and stewardship strategies at Polar Bears International (PBI). "Polar bears rely on the sea ice for reaching their prey. By taking part in this initiative, we can each show our commitment to a healthier planet.

Foat says that the initiative is a great way to start making every day a polar bear day. "We all make countless decisions every day that have an impact," she says. "Our goal is help make stewardship a habit."

And If you're looking for a little extra inspiration to make those daily changes to reduce your carbon footprint, Polar Bears International also invites everyone to celebrate the launch of a live cam featuring "Siku", a polar bear cub born November 22, 2011, at the Scandinavian Wildlife Park. The camera will stream live footage of Siku, who is an ambassador for his wild cousins from 9 to 11 a.m. EST (3-5 p.m. Denmark). Siku's name is the most common word for "sea ice" in all Eskimo/Inuit languages. His name is symbolic, because wild polar bears are 100% dependent on sea ice for their survival—and that ice is rapidly disappearing due to global warming.

Bundle Up For Polar Bears was initiated in 2011 by the Buffalo Zoo, which is part of PBI's Arctic Ambassador Center Network. The network includes nearly 50 aquariums, zoos, and museums around the world. These centers help educate the public about the need to take action on climate change and play a leadership role in carbon reduction efforts in their communities.

The Siku Cam broadcasts live video streams from the Scandinavian Willdlife Park and is made possible in partnership with explore.org, the philanthropic media organization and multi-media arm of The Annenberg Foundation. The Siku cam joins a variety of live video feeds on explore.org that comprise Pearls of the Planet, an initiative that aims to help people fall in love with the world again.





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