Polar bear twins Buzz and Neil from the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory showed off their skills. And experts talked about why polar bears play.
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Polar Bears International is the world’s leading polar bear conservation group—dedicated to saving polar bears by saving their sea ice habitat. We champion polar bears wherever they are, concentrating our strategies in areas of research, education, and action. Working closely with the world’s leading polar bear scientists, we take an innovative approach to conservation, building collaborations in the interest of the bears.
Scientists project that two-thirds of the world’s polar bears could disappear by the middle of the 21st century, followed by possible worldwide extinction by the end of century, due to the dramatic retreat of the sea ice that polar bears rely on for catching their prey. The arctic warming is caused by a build-up of greenhouse gases from excessive human reliance on carbon-based energy.
While sobering, these predictions are based on a scenario in which no action is taken. But research published in Nature by our chief scientist, Dr. Steven C. Amstrup, and a team of other experts shows that hope remains for polar bears and the arctic ecosystem if present emissions of greenhouse gases are significantly reduced.
At PBI, we’re building momentum for action on climate change and working to ensure that, with your help and that of our partner organizations and sponsors, polar bears and the arctic ecosystem will remain for future generations. Following is a snapshot of the work we do.
PBI relies on the guidance of the world’s leading polar bear scientists to ensure the projects we help fund have the greatest impact on polar bear conservation. Some of these projects include:
PBI is committed to conveying accurate and timely information on polar bears and the threats they face. Our top-ranked website serves as polar bear central for anyone seeking facts on polar bears, including how each of us can help. Teachers, students, journalists, filmmakers, policy makers, and even wildlife managers turn to PBI as a trusted source.
In addition, our educational programs inform, inspire, and empower people to make a difference by reducing their own greenhouse gas emissions and motivating others to do the same. These programs also help people recognize which actions have the most impact—and provide guidance on how to mentor and share that knowledge.
We’ve entered a new era of conservation, where it’s no longer possible to save wildlife simply by buying habitat, fencing it off, and posting a guard at the gate. A fence won’t protect arctic sea ice from rising temperatures; it will still melt away. Instead, the only way to save polar bears and their sea-ice habitat is to reduce CO2. It takes a worldview, along with local conservation actions.
For PBI, taking action on climate change is a natural extension of our educational outreach. Our programs to combat climate change begin at the grassroots level and embrace whole communities. We amplify our reach by working with partners who reach millions of people, including zoos, aquariums, science centers, museums, and other nonprofits like the Discovery Education Network.
Our action efforts include:
At PBI, we look at everything we do through a sustainability lens, from the products in our gift shop and adoption kits (all sustainable) to our own carbon footprint.
Look around our office and you’ll see that our philosophy is to save energy and carefully shepherd resources—from using power strips to keeping the thermostat low in winter and high in summer. We also look at programs through this lens, carefully weighing the carbon costs and benefits.
This sustainable philosophy extends to our business practices. We’ve carefully aligned our resources—fiscal, physical, and human—to maximize potential and achieve our mission, goals, and vision. We’ve also developed a comprehensive human resource plan and manage all donations with transparency and care, making sure that each and every penny donated is used for the maximum benefit for the bears.
Sustainability is the thread that runs through everything we do—because the only way to save polar bears and improve the health of the planet is to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And by saving polar bears, we’ll save countless other species, including butterflies, frogs, and, ultimately, humans.