Polar bears are top of the food chain in the Arctic and they are telling us that something isn't right.  We need to protect their home, and the home of many other animals and people too - they all need sea ice to survive and thrive.  Polar bears keep the seal population in check, and if they aren't there to do this, seal numbers would go up - and there wouldn't be sufficient fish to support them.

Image © Hans Jurgen Mager
Image copyright Hans Jurgen Mager

A paw in the right direction

Friday 8 September 2023:  Polar Bears International report that the momentum to block new oil and gas activity in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is growing.  It’s a critical denning area for polar bears.  On Wednesday, the Biden administration moved to cancel all remaining leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and set the stage for protecting over 31 million additional acres in northern Alaska.  This is a move in the right direction for polar bears and other animals.  Find out more.

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Listen to this TED Talk! Alysa McCall, Director of Conservation Outreach and Staff Scientist with Polar Bears International, took part in a TED@Destination Canada event.  Alysa’s talk focused on human-polar bear co-existence which is an increasingly important part of PBI’s work. 

Bring polar bears into your heart and mind.  One way to do this is to adopt one - I adopted a polar bear and just thinking of her got me taking action to reduce, reuse, recycle etc.  I turned the heat down to help her. You can watch polar bears on webcams, take part in awareness weeks, and learn about the area of the world they live in to get an idea what it's like.  Find out how to connect with polar bears here.

Even now - despite all the talk and television - many people just don't register what the threats are to the Arctic and how important it is for all our sakes to preserve it and all life there.  Polar Bears International have three great tips for talking to people about the challenges facing polar bears – just share your concerns.   Focus on what draws you together and connect those things together.  Find out more

4.  Be aware of the challenges facing polar bears.

Discover all about polar bears and the conservation challenges they face - there are more than we think.  Pollution, disease, human-polar bear conflict, commercial activity (e.g. drilling for oil and gas), conflict with people all impact on polar bears and other life. Polar Bears International and Arctic WWF have more information so please pay them a visit. The loss of sea ice is the biggest threat to polar bears. This video shows the extent of sea ice loss in the Arctic over the last  25 years.

5. Who else lives in the Arctic?  Discover more about them
Sea ice in the Arctic isn’t just about polar bears – other animals are affected as well who need sea ice to survive and thrive such as beluga whales and Arctic seals, Bowhead whales, walrus, reindeer and caribou, and the narwhal.  Local people depend on the sea ice for transport.  Find out more with Arctic WWF.

Polar Bears International is the only charity totally dedicated to wild polar bear conservation.  They know polar bears--their habits, their ecology, their threats--and are recognized leaders in their conservation.  Made up of a small group of passionate conservationists, scientists, and volunteers­­, PBI exists to help secure a future for polar bears across the Arctic. Spread the word, especially about how people can get involved and help

Impactful Ninja's 9 best charities for helping polar bears - find out who they are here

7.  Be a part of the solution!

There are plenty of things we can all do to help.  Promote clean transport, support an energy change - even just to talk about it will help raise awareness.  Look at your own lifestyle to see what you can change - you can work out your carbon footprint and set yourself mini-goals or dramatic ones to be the change you want to see in the world. 

A reduced global temperature will lead to a decrease in the speed at which the Arctic ice is melting, so it's important to reduce fossil fuels as much as we can. Looking after the natural world on the planet will help the health of the planet all over the world.  Trees, rainforest, seagrass, peatlands, wetlands and other habitats all keep the planet healthy and they matter.  

Things you can do to help polar bears

  1. Think before you buy - do you really need what you're about to purchase?
  2. Reduce your use of fossil fuels wherever you can
  3. Recycle, reuse, reduce wherever you can
  4. Check your carbon footprint - what is it now?
  5. Develop a plan to reduce it as much as possible
  6. Support charities in their efforts to raise awareness and to fight for polar bears.
  7. Be a voice for polar bears.  Every bear matters.
Image copyright Leandra Rieger

Introduce your charges to the joys of nature in the Arctic  and the challenges facing polar bears and other wildlife.  Polar Bears International have all you need.  This is your chance to make a difference and inspire children to be the conservationists of tomorrow, whether as a career choice or as a volunteer or as a guardian or steward of the planet

Adopt a polar bear!   Adoptions start at $25 with Polar Bears International, and you can do an eco-adoption.  I’ve adopted a polar bear before and kept thinking about “my” bear and how I could help look after her.  Adopt a polar bear today(Image  pictured right is copyright Polar Bears International.) You could also send an e-card. Or why not become a Polar Bear Patron with a monthly donation?

Adopt a Polar Bear as a gift or for yourself!

11.  Eat less meat and animal products
Viva is a vegan charity and they produced this video explaining how our eating choices impact on animals such as the polar bear.    Take a look.  You can visit Viva's website here.  

Did you know that Arctic WWF fund training and salaries for local people who deter polar bears from villages and safeguard communities?