polarbeardayAs International Polar Bear Day approaches (2/27/2016) we begin to think about how our every day lives affect the polar bear and their fragile arctic environment.

Everyday 76.4% of Americans drive to work alone while only 9.4% carpool with the remainder taking either bikes, walking, or public transportation.[*1] This accounts for a large amount of emissions that leads to a rise in temperatures that slowly melts the ice caps. Polar Bears International marks climate change, as a result of emissions and green house gases, as the main threat to the polar bears habitat.[*2] They also explain how polar bears rely on the sea ice to hunt seals as well, which is their main source of food.[*3] Surprisingly enough deforestation can be a very big factor in the polar bears well being. This is because trees soak up CO2, one of the green house gases, and as we chop more trees down we leave more CO2 in the air.[*4] Now these green house gases come from landfills and a lack of recycling. In order to progressively try and change this trend I have 3 quick tips that can help make a difference in saving the polar bears icy environment.

Sustainable Tips to Remember on International Polar Bear Day

  1. REuse, REcycle, and REthink- Invest in a refillable water bottle and if you do find yourself using a plastic bottle make sure it makes it into the recycling bin when you’re done.
  2. Find a friend, reduce car emissions- With nearly 90% of americans driving to work but only 9.4% carpooling there is a huge opportunity to collaborate with your coworkers to carpool and reduce emissions.
  3. Say no to landfills- Give composting a try! Any organic matter can be used in combination with wood chips, dirts, or event leaves to create nutrient rich compost.

Now that we have a better understanding of how we affect polar bears and what we can do to reduce our impact on them, we are ready to celebrate National Polar Bear Day and begin to make a difference!

With a better understanding of how we affect polar bears, we can make a responsible decision to contribute to the solution. Click here and consider making a contribution to IDEAS so we can continue working to protecting these beautiful creatures: http://www.ideasforus.org/donate




[*1] http://blogs.census.gov/2015/08/13/majority-of-americans-drive-to-work-but-less-so-for-urban-millennials/

[*2] http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/status-and-threats/habitat

[*3] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzD7zzsRw_k

[*4] http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/about-polar-bears/climate-change