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 how longer ice-free seasons are straining the limits of the bears’ fat reserves, threatening their survival.
The 2016 event is October 30-November 5. 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: Speak up for meaningful action on climate change. Sign our Petition for Polar Bears—and help people, too!
Tuesday, November 1: Take the next step for polar bears by tweaking your transportation habits. Learn how small changes scale up to make a big difference.
Wednesday, November 2: Take another step for polar bears by reducing your home energy consumption. From light bulbs to Energy Star appliances, we show you how.
Thursday, November 3: Keep taking steps for polar bears through small changes to the way you heat and cool your home—changes with a big impact when scaled up!
Friday, November 4: Kick back and watch a series of short, fun Take the Next Step videos made by polar bear lovers like you.
Saturday, November 5: Wrap up Polar Bear Week by making a Take the Next Step video of your own. Share it on social media with #saveourseaice!
And don't forget:
- Share our pre-made Polar Bear Week images on social media
- Post photos of your actions on Instagram with the hashtag #saveourseaice for inclusion on our Save Our Sea Ice Community Page
Did you know? According to the EPA, in 2012 the greenhouse gas reductions in the U.S. alone from people switching to Energy Star certified light bulbs was equal to planting 9.8 million acres of trees or taking two million cars off the road. That's huge! Or put another way, if every American changed at least ONE bulb to an Energy Star bulb, we would save enough energy to light three million homes for a year.
The Take the Next Step 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.