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!
Every year, Polar Bear Week takes place during the fall polar bear migration to Churchill, Manitoba, as the bears wait for freeze-up on Hudson Bay so they can return to hunting seals. During Polar Bear Week, we focus on how longer ice-free seasons are straining the limits of the bears’ fat reserves, threatening their survival.
The 2014 event is November 3-9. It’s the perfect time to contact your elected officials and speak up in favor of action on climate change. In addition, we invite you to do your part to help polar bears and the planet by buying locally, buying less, and supporting climate friendly companies.
- Monday, November 3 – Start your week with some inspiration by watching the Polar Bear Cam on our Save Our Sea Ice Community Page. Or tune into one of our live or archived Tundra Connections webcasts.
- Tuesday, November 4 – Commit to buying local, sustainable products whenever you can. Support small stores, co-ops, thrift shops, and farmer’s markets.
- Wednesday, November 5 – Reduce your consumption by buying less. When shopping, ask yourself, Do I need this?
- Thursday, November 6 – Support companies that operate sustainably. Visit the Climate Counts website for ratings in fields from computers to airlines to clothing.
- Friday, November 7 – Contact your elected officials. Let them know you support action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Saturday, November 8 – Celebrate Polar Bear Week with a Polar Party. Talk about the actions you’re taking to reduce your carbon footprint—and encourage your guests to do the same.
- Sunday, November 9 – Commit to becoming involved in making your school, business, or community more sustainable. If you don’t have recycling at work, start a program. If your city doesn’t have a farmer’s market, start one.
And don't forget: share photos of the actions you're taking to reduce your carbon footprint on our Save Our Sea Ice Community Page to inspire others.
This 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.