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. During Polar Bear Week, we focus on the importance of sea ice to polar bear survival.
The 2016 event is October 30-November 5. Join us by taking the Energy Challenge to sustain a future for the bears. Here’s your day-by-day invite:
Sunday, October 30: Tune in to the live Polar Bear Cam—watch the polar bear migration and get tundrified.
Monday, October 31: Reduce energy consumption at your home, workplace, and school. From light bulbs to Energy Star appliances, we show you how.
Tuesday, November 1: Join us in making changes to the way you heat and cool your home—and work to inspire these changes on a community level.
Wednesday, November 2: Power down at home, work, or school! Check out our Power Down Community Action Toolkit to learn how.
Thursday, November 3: Pledge to VOTE with the climate in mind! Let your representatives know you support action on climate—and urge your friends, family, and colleagues to do the same.
Friday, November 4: Sign our petition asking for a fair price on carbon, and share the link with your network. This will help speed up the transition to a renewable future, saving the sea ice that polar bears depend on.
Saturday, November 5: Let your utility company know you want to subscribe to green power. If you live in the U.S., you can do so by switching to Arcadia Power—and you’ll benefit PBI at the same time!
We've also created social media images for you to share. And don't forget to post photos of your actions on Instagram with #saveourseaice and #polarbearweek.
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.
The Energy 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.