It’s International Polar Bear Day and time to send our cuddly friends some love! Especially if you consider how vulnerable polar bears are as a species. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, their habitat – the polar ice cap – is predicted to completely melt within the next 100 years, leaving them without a home and affecting the polar bear population greatly.

International Polar Bear Day is an annual event celebrated on the 27th of February to raise awareness about the impact of global warming and melting of sea ice on the polar bear populations. Here’s how to make every day polar bear day…

How You Can Help Polar Bears

The day also raises awareness regarding their conservation status, and encourages people to find ways to reduce their carbon output, such as by turning down their thermostat, driving less, and also to encourage the installation of energy efficient insulation in houses.

Polar Bears International wants your help to make it a global day of action for the bears by taking part in their Thermostat Challenge at home, work, or school. The idea is simple – just lower your thermostat up on February 27 to reduce your carbon emissions. And then make every day a polar bear day by buying and installing a programmable thermostat or taking extra steps to reduce your energy consumption throughout the year. Take the pledge here.

Polar bears typically live in areas that ring around the Arctic Circle, such as Canada, Russia, Alaska, Greenland and Norway.  Here’s an amazing infographic that tells you more about our adorable polar bear friends.

Infographic courtesy of Travel Manitoba

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