It’s early November. It’s cold. It’s snowy. And polar bears are waiting for the sea ice to form. It’s Polar Bear Week!
Polar Bear Week coincides with the fall polar bear migration to Churchill, Manitoba, where polar bears gather to wait for freeze-up on Hudson Bay so they can return to hunting seals. This year Polar Bear Week is November 5th thru the 11th. During Polar Bear Week, there is a focus on the importance of sea ice to polar bears–and why we all must take action on climate change.
The Polar Bear Connection
Using less energy produced by fossil fuels reduces carbon emissions and can slow and even stop global warming, saving the sea ice that polar bears need for efficient hunting. Without sea ice, polar bears will decline in range and numbers, making them vulnerable to extinction in the future.
Here’s what you can do during Polar Bear Week to help ensure their survival:
Sunday, November 5: Start the week by tuning in to the live Polar Bear Cam—watch the polar bear migration and get tundrified.
Monday, November 6: The COP23 climate talks begin today in Bonn, Germany. But it’s not just nations. Show your support for the many individuals, cities, districts, businesses, and universities stepping up to meet the goals of the Paris climate accord. Get involved in building on this momentum and encourage others to do the same. #SaveOurSeaIce #StrongerTogether
Tuesday, November 7: Help bring change to your community by reducing energy consumption at your home, workplace, or school. From light bulbs to ENERGY STAR appliances, we show you how.
Wednesday, November 8: Make changes to the way you heat and cool your home, and work to inspire these changes on a community level.
Thursday, November 9: Power down at home, work, or school! Check out the Power Down Community Action Toolkit to learn how.
Friday, November 10: Pledge to VOTE with the climate in mind, in each and every election, and at every level of government. Let your representatives know you support action on climate—and urge your friends, family, and colleagues to do the same.
Saturday, November 11: Let your utility company know you want to subscribe to green power.
Learn more about Polar Bear Week from Polar Bears International here.