Our favorite day of the year is here: International Polar Bear Day, February 27th! We invite you to celebrate with us by taking our Thermostat Challenge, joining families, schools, and businesses in a worldwide show of support for action on climate change.
As most animal lovers know, sea ice losses from human-caused climate change threaten the survival of polar bears, the iconic symbol of the Arctic. Unless we take action to greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we could lose two-thirds of the world's polar bears by the middle of the century and all of them by the end of the century. And with them would go an entire, astonishingly beautiful ecosystem.
But that's only if we remain on a course of business as usual-and that's where you come in. By taking part in our Thermostat Challenge and inviting others to join you, you can become part of a powerful movement for change.
Here's how to get involved:
- Adjust your thermostat up or down by at least two degrees (depending on where in the world you live) to save energy and reduce carbon emissions.
- Invite friends, families, and your school, university, or work place to join you.
- Pledge to make every day a Polar Bear Day by keeping your thermostat adjusted, insulating your home, or taking other steps to save energy.
- Share photos of your participation on our Save Our Sea Ice Community Page; while there, commit to additional energy-saving actions.
- Make an even bigger impact with the help of our Thermostat Challenge Community ActionToolkit.
- Share our pre-made International Polar Bear Day social media content-from images to tweets-on your own social media pages. (You can even become a polar bear for a day!)
- Speak up in favor of a sustainable future for your children and grandchildren by letting your representatives know you support a fair price for carbon.
- Donate or adopt to support our efforts.
The Thermostat Challenge is part of Polar Bears International's Save Our Sea Ice Campaign, a series of energy-saving challenges linked to earth awareness holidays. They begin each year on International Polar Bear Day, February 27th, and continue through PolarBear Week in the fall-although you can take the challenges at any time.