International Polar Bear Day
Every year, International Polar Bear Day draws attention to the challenges polar bears face in the warming Arctic. It reminds us of all the species endangered by climate change and global warming but also pushes us to find a way to help these animals.
According to WWF, global polar bear numbers are projected to decline by 30% by 2050.
International Polar Bear Day is organized by Polar Bears International. They have prepared a lot of interesting contents for this day. You can join live sessions and “Ask me anything” session which will enable you to engage with experts and learn more about the bears. Take a look at the full schedule here!
What can you do?
Whether you are looking for a complete lifestyle change, or just want to make small steps in bettering your relationship with nature you can try to do several things:
1) Reduce your carbon output (turning you thermostats down)
2) Drive less
3) Use energy efficient devices
4) Reuse and recycle
5) “Adopt a bear” – symbolic adoption of a polar bear will help real polar bears in the wild. By adopting a bear, you’ll support the research, education and action efforts.
6) Donate – The Polar Bear Fund supports small, meaningful projects that honour polar bears on an annual basis.
Close encounters: bears vs. people
Recently, the Northeastern Novaya Zemlya archipelago faced a mass invasion of polar bears. They started entering homes and public buildings, and there were even signs of aggressive behavior. The question is who is the real intruder – the bears, or the people…
Russia’s World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said polar bears were being forced into villages because of climate change, explaining that due to the decrease of the ice cap, the animals were being forced to go ashore to search for food.
Did you know?
- The great white bear of the North is not actually white.
- Polar bears touch noses to ask to share food.
There are more surprising facts about these spectacular animals – take a look at the article and learn more about them!
Raise awareness about the International Polar Bear Day. Use hashtags #InternationalPolarBearDay #PolarBearDay!