International Polar Bear Day
This global day of action draws attention to the challenges polar bears face in a warming Arctic—and how everyone can help.
How? By taking the Thermostat Challenge and making it a habit:
- Turn down the heat and enjoy winter coziness for polar bears—put on your fuzzy slippers and a comfy sweater, light candles, sip a hot drink, or bundle up for a walk in the snow
- Share photos of winter coziness on social media with #PolarBearDay, #ThermostatChallenge, #WinterCoziness
- In summer, set your air-conditioning thermostat higher
- Install a programmable thermostat for year-round savings—and take additional energy-saving steps like insulating your home and weather-stripping windows and doors
- Make it a community-wide challenge! See Polar Bears International’s Thermostat Challenge Toolkit for tips and ideas.
- Also check out their Heating and Cooling Infographic, which shows how individual actions scale up to make a BIG difference.
The Polar Bear Connection
Using less energy produced by carbon-based fuels reduces carbon emissions and can slow and even stop global warming, in turn saving our sea ice. Polar bears require sea ice for efficient hunting. Without sea ice, polar bears will decline in range and numbers, making them vulnerable to extinction in the future.
Did You Know?
Heating and cooling account for roughly half the energy consumption in an average home, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The Thermostat Challenge is part of the Save Our Sea Ice (SOS) campaign, a series of celebrations centered around action on climate change. It begins each year on International Polar Bear Day, February 27th, and continues through Polar Bear Week in the fall—although you can take the challenges at any time.
Want to Learn More?
Visit the EPA website for an overview on climate change and what each of us can do. You can also learn where your energy comes from by visiting your power company’s website. Many companies allow you to choose a green option.