Every year, the polar bears of Western Hudson Bay are forced ashore in summer when the sea ice melts. We’ve created a new earth awareness day, Arctic Sea Ice Day, on July 15, to call attention to sea ice losses in the Arctic and how we can help.
We chose July 15 because the breakup on Western Hudson Bay was historically in mid-July, with considerable natural fluctuation between years. Now the breakup is over three weeks earlier, on average, than it was in the 1980s.
Team up with us for polar bears and save our sea ice!
The key to getting the climate system back to functioning the way it should and to preserving a future for polar bears across the Arctic is to move away from fossil fuels for energy altogether. In the meantime, we can also take steps to use much, much less of the kind of energy that add heat-trapping gases to our atmosphere.
One way we can work together is by encouraging the shift to sustainable food production and consumption—a shift that includes less meat, more organically grown fruits and vegetables, and less food waste. Sustainable food systems not only help reduce the carbon emissions that are causing the planet to warm and the sea ice to melt, they are also better for the overall environment and our health.
Join us in helping to save sea ice by:
2. Greening your grocery list by buying less meat, buying smaller (i.e., only what you need to reduce food waste), and choosing local, sustainable food items
3. Supporting the expansion of food co-ops, farmers' markets, and community waste-reduction programs, along with more school and community gardens
Did you know?
The lower you eat on the food chain, the lower your carbon footprint. That’s why it’s important for societies to reduce their meat consumption. Shifting to organically grown produce instead of foods grown with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides is important, too, because chemical farming has a much higher carbon footprint. Learn more about wise food choices. Cutting down on food waste matters, too. In fact, Yale Environment states that if global food waste were a country, it would rank third in the world for greenhouse gas emissions! Learn more here.
Future generations of polar bears and people depend on the decisions and plans we make today. Using less energy produced by carbon-based fuels reduces our carbon emissions and can slow or 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 both range and numbers, making them more vulnerable to extinction in the future.
The Green House Grocery List Challenge is part of our SOS! (Save Our Sea Ice) 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.