Celebrate International Polar Bear Day, February 27th, with us every day by taking our Thermostat Challenge—and then speak up by letting your elected officials know you support a shift to renewable energy.
- 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 or the season) to show your commitment to greenhouse gas reductions.
- Commit to making every day a Polar Bear Day by installing and properly using a programmable thermostat, insulating your home, or taking other steps to save energy.
- Speak up in favor of a sustainable future for your children and grandchildren by contacting your representatives and letting them know that you support a shift to green energy.
- Take a photo or make a video of your actions and share them on our My Planet, My Part page and/or our Facebook page to show your commitment and to inspire others. If it's winter time, you could turn down your 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.
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).
Want to Learn More?
Visit the EPA website for an overview on climate change and what each of us can do. You can also learn where your energy comes from by visiting your power company's website. Many companies allow you to choose a green option.
The Thermostat Challenge is part of our SOS! (Save Our Sea Ice) campaign, a series of Earth Awareness Celebrations centered around energy-saving efforts and action on climate change. The campaign 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. Visit our SOS! page for more ideas and resources.