11/2/2012 1:11:38 PM

Three Ways to Help Polar Bears

I love coming up to Churchill and filming bears and the ecosystem for PBI. It's an incredible opportunity to do what I love for a valuable organization. The images I capture are one tool used to convey very important messages to the public. Another is the Tundra Connections program. Each year, PBI invites notable scientists and conservationists to webcast live from the tundra to classrooms and other viewers all over the world. On these webcasts the panel typically lists several actions each of us can take to make a difference in the effort to save polar bears. This list includes turning off the lights, driving less, and reducing, reusing, and recycling. Each panelist has their favorite actions and so do I. The difference is that they get to list them to viewers all over the world and I just have this blog post. So the following are the steps that I would encourage more and more people to take to help preserve the beauty and the variety in our natural world. Each one is easy. Each one is just a small step. Most importantly, each one will make a difference.

  1. Talk to your friends and family about all the actions that you and your friends and family are doing to make a difference. Believe it or not, your voice matters, especially to those close to you. You don't have to preach or lecture, just let others know that you care about the environment and are doing things to reduce your impact. If we all talk about the climate change problem it will become a topic of conversation for others. The more we talk about it, the more people will be persuaded by the facts.
  2. Simplify. There is a reason that Reduce comes first in Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Everything we buy has a carbon footprint. Do you really need it? How many times will you use it before you throw it away? If you need it or will really use it, then by all means get it but if not, invest in getting outside. Sociologists have found that we derive more and longer lasting joy from Experiences than we get from Things. Things go in a drawer, memories you keep with you at all times.
  3. Vote and write. If you are reading this you probably care about the world we live in and the world we are going to pass on to the kids around us. Vote. Vote for polar bears. And write too (not to polar bears). Sit down and actually write your Senator and Congressperson, your state and local representatives, and even your local paper. Don't fill out a form letter or check a box on a post card. Write a letter or make a call and let the people that make the policy know that you care about polar bears. That's all, that you care and you vote.

These are three actions I would encourage you to do. What would you encourage others to do? What things are you doing yourself? Let us and the rest of the world know and you could win a trip up to Churchill to see the polar bears we are seeing this week. Go to our My Planet, My Part page to enter and, more important, to share. Keep up the good work and keep advocating for a better world.

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