International Polar Bear Day is celebrated on 27 February every year. This event is organized by Polar Bear International.
International Polar Bear Day is celebrated every year on 27th February to raise awareness about the challenges that wild polar bears faces and various ways through which we can help this beautiful Arctic creature.
This event also promotes research and knowledge about polar bear families so that we can understand better about them.
How to celebrate International Polar Bear Day?
You getting involved on Polar Bear Day can make a big difference. You can talk with your friends and family about the challenges that polar bears are facing and how we can reduce our carbon footprint. Share some facts about polar bears and use the hashtag #InternationalPolarBearDay on your social media accounts.
If you’re a parent then share some knowledge about polar bears with your child and tell them about those human activities that are affecting polar bears and what steps we can take to reduce carbon footprint.
If you’re a teacher then you can organize a small event in which students can participate and learn more about polar bears and effects of climate change on them. A quiz competition related to polar bears, arctic region and climate change can also be conducted among students.
You can also support Polar Bear International by donating some money that will help them to begin developing new technology for finding and protecting snow dens. Click here to know more about Polar Bear International.
Science about polar bears and climate change
The Arctic region is heating up twice as fast as anywhere else on the Earth. The Arctic sea ice cover is shrinking by 14% per decade. All this is happening due to climate change.
As polar bears are totally dependent on floating sheets of sea ice to hunt other arctic animals, the shrinkage of ice is a big challenge to them. They are now left with fewer opportunities to feed.
Not just for food, sea ice is also important for them to rest, breed and store energy for the summer and autumn, when food can be scanty.
As sea ice now melts earlier in the spring and forms later in the autumn, polar bears are compelled to spend longer periods without food, declining their health. Some polar bears may suffer from malnutrition and some may face starvation due to food shortage.
How we can help polar bears?
Polar bears are one of the most beautiful arctic animals on Earth. Their number is dropping and global warming could threaten the entire species. We may lose them if we won’t take the necessary steps to protect them.
A serious cause of climate change is the emission of polluting gases from burning fossil fuels, such as coal and oil.
These are a few steps we can take to reduce global warming:
- Prefer to walk or use a bicycle to cover short distances and public transport for long distances.
- Use efficient light bulbs to save energy.
- Promote recycling and avoid buying products that have lots of packaging.
- Turn off electric devices when you’re not using them.
- Fundraising for environmental charities can make a big difference.
Quotes and Awareness Messages for International Polar Bear Day
“To survive today, other animals must endure global warming, pollution, and fewer habitats. More tragically, they must endure the silence of human hearts.”
“Global warming and rising temperatures in the Arctic threaten the polar bear’s very existence. Polar bears cannot survive without sea ice. Polar bears could disappear in our lifetime if we don’t take action.”
“Don’t treat animals as animals. Treat them as living beings. That’s what they are.”
“More bears will starve to death if we don’t do anything to stop and then reverse the impacts of climate change.”