PBI's International Polar Bear Day takes place every year on February 27th ... and we invite you to join us in celebrating it as a day of action to reduce your carbon footprint! How? By taking part in our Thermostat Challenge, the launch event for our Save Our Sea Ice (SOS!) campaign, a series of carbon-reduction efforts to help save sea ice habitat.
With the Thermostat Challenge, we encourage you—along with our Arctic Ambassador Centers, schools, and businesses—to celebrate the day by adjusting your thermostat up or down a few degrees (depending on where in the world you live) on February 27th to lower carbon emissions and help save polar bears. We also encourage you to make every day a polar bear day by purchasing and installing a programmable thermostat or taking other steps to reduce your energy consumption throughout the year.
And don't forget: share photos or videos of your participation on our My Planet, My Part page. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, for example, you could show how you turned down the thermostat a few degrees and bundled up in your favorite warm clothing to help raise awareness of this worldwide conservation issue. Or you could show yourself buying or installing a programmable thermostat or taking other steps to save energy.
Did you know? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, heating and cooling accounts for almost half the energy needs of the average home! Simple steps like insulating your home, changing air filters regularly, and correctly using a programmable thermostat can make a significent difference in reducing your carbon footprint (and your energy bill).