International Polar Bear Day - Thermostat Challenge

PBI's International Polar Bear Day is February 27th! Every year, this global event draws attention to the challenges polar bears face in a warming Arctic—and how we each can help.

You’re invited to celebrate with us by signing our Petition for Polar Bears, which asks world leaders for meaningful action on climate change. Then show your support for greenhouse gas reductions by bundling up for polar bears and taking our Thermostat Challenge

Here's how:

  • On International Polar Bear Day—or starting any day you choose—adjust your thermostat a few degrees (up or down, depending on where you live) to show your commitment to lower carbon emissions.
  • Pledge to make every day a Polar Bear Day by keeping your thermostat adjusted, insulating your home, or taking other steps to save energy.
  • Invite others to join you! Check out our Heating and Cooling Infographic to see how individual actions scale up to make a BIG difference.
  • Make it a community-wide challenge! See our Thermostat Challenge Toolkit, one in a series of community action toolkits, for ideas and support materials. 
  • Visit our Save Our Sea Ice Community Page to make a pledge and share photos of your actions in our gallery. For example, you could turn down the heat and show yourself bundled up for the bears. Or you could share an image of yourself weather-stripping your doors or saving energy another way.
  • And, finally, help spread the word by sharing our pre-made social media images on your favorite networks.

The Polar Bear Connection
Saving energy produced by carbon-based fuels reduces our carbon emissions and can slow and even reverse global warming, which causes sea ice to melt. Polar bears require sea ice for reaching their prey. Without sea ice, polar bears can't survive.

Did You Know?
Heating and cooling account for roughly half of the energy consumption in an average home, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The Thermostat Challenge is part of our 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.

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