How to Help Polar Bears

© Valerie Abbott

It’s important to remember that time remains to save polar bears by reducing greenhouse gas emissions—and we can all do our part to make this happen.

Thank you for the things you’re already doing to help polar bears, like adjusting your thermostat, riding your bike, and avoiding drive-through lines.

What else can you do?

Action Projects

Action Projects

Begin by reviewing our list of actions with the most impact. Read through the tips and pledge to change one or more habits. (You could even do this as a class.)

Next, check out our Save Our Sea Ice Campaign for challenges to do with your classroom and family. Several of the challenges include Community Action Toolkits that make great classroom projects:

You can also make a difference by entering our Project Polar Bear Contesta CO2-reduction effort open to ages 11-18. Registration takes place in the fall. Contestants compete in small or classroom-size groups.

And don’t forget: We love to hear about what you’re doing to help polar bears in your school or community. You can commit to actions and share photos on our Save Our Sea Ice Community Page.

Fundraising Projects

Many classrooms help support our efforts by raising money to adopt a polar bear or make a donation. Here are some suggestions that combine fundraising with conservation actions:

  • Pennies for Polar Bears - Collecting coins is a fun and easy way for a class or school to raise money. Better still, putting coins back into circulation reduces the environmental impact of minting new coins.
  • Walkathons. Give walk-a-thons a new twist by collecting pledges for each minute spent walking to do errands. It’s good exercise and helps promote alternatives to driving.
  • Drink Pouch/Chip Bag Recycling. Did you know that you can clean up the environment and raise money to help polar bears at the same time? Form a brigade at the Terracycle website and start turning trash into cash!
  • Locally Grown Garden Sale. Sell your fresh-from-the-garden goodies at the local farmer’s market or at school.
  • Labor of Love. Do an auction of your labor to help others – for example, you could weed gardens in the summer or rake leaves in the fall.

Did you know? Forming new habits takes time, even with the best intentions. Reminders are a good way to stay on track. For example:

  • If you’ve pledged to take an action to help polar bears—like recycling, composting, or switching to reusable water bottles—you could draw a picture of your action to hang on your refrigerator.
  • If you want to remember to park and walk inside instead of using a drive-though, you could put a sticky note on your dashboard.

Working together, we can save polar bears and their sea ice habitat. Thank you for doing your part!