Write your elected officials today and demand they take action.
US elected officials: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml
EU and Canadian elected officials: http://www.ipc.org/ContentPage.aspx?pageid=Contact-Elected-Officials #climatechange
The Hangout is the launch event for a new dialogue on the global impacts of climate change between Polar Bears International and Cheetah Conservation Fund.
Register and watch here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/110936293015134361859/events/cp30rtb9pkjf7191ot1ah7vsmdg
Take our No Idling Challenge and turn off your engine for waits of 10 seconds or more: http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/save-our-sea-ice/earth-day-no-idling-challenge.
It premiers next Sunday, but check out the trailer now. Years of Living Dangerously Trailer
Meet two polar bears from the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory while they show off their skills.
What can we learn from watching them play? And what do we know about their behavior? Join us to learn all about polar bear play, behavior, and adaptations.
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:
- Polar Bear Populations
Some scientists predict that the Arctic could be ice free in summer in just ten years. Population studies track changes as the polar bear's habitat shrinks. These counts provide governments with critical data for making decisions—helping to protect the bears.
- Maternal Den Studies
Understanding polar bear denning behavior is crucially important as industry moves into the Arctic. Our research will help set guidelines so mothers and cubs aren't disturbed. It will also help us understand the impact of climate change on the critical reproductive function of denning.
- Sensory Studies
What sounds can polar bears hear? What noises disturb them? Do scents play a role in finding mates? Zoo bears help us with studies that would be impossible to conduct on bears in the wild—but have important implications for their wild counterparts.
- Citizen Science Project
This long-term study will enlist the help of citizen scientists to gather data on the body condition of polar bears near Churchill, Manitoba, using a camera as their main research tool.
- Ice In, Ice Out
Aerial population counts just after the ice break-up on Hudson Bay and just before freeze-up provide an index to trends in survival rates of the Western Hudson Bay polar bears. Eventually, such coastal surveys may provide an important index to polar bear welfare range-wide.
- Cortisol Study
Measuring glucocorticoid (GC) levels in polar bears in zoos will help scientists establish baseline information on this critical hormone. The data could eventually help biologists monitor stress levels in wild polar bears, including those in poor ice areas without adequate food.
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.
- Educational Materials
PBI educators have developed a wide range of educational materials on polar bears and climate change. These materials provide busy teachers and students with the tools they need for learning about polar bears and taking action to save them.
- Educational Outreach
Through our website, public talks and workshops, media interviews, e-communications, and social media networking, PBI connects with people around the world to share information on polar bears and build a powerful army for change.
- Save Our Sea Ice (SOS!) Campaign
Our SOS! Campaign focuses attention on the urgent challenges polar bears face in a changing Arctic and the part each of us can play in stopping global warming. The campaign features a series of energy-saving efforts throughout the calendar year.
- Polar Bear Cam
Every year, we partner with explore.org (Annenberg Foundation) and Frontiers North Adventures on a live cam during the fall migration as the polar bears wait for freeze-up, reaching millions of people worldwide and inspiring them to take action.
- Tundra Connections®
Our live webcasts connect scientists in the field with viewers in remote locations— ending with a call to action and toolkits that provide pathways to change. Each broadcast is archived for later viewing.
- Arctic Documentary Project
Documenting the changes taking place in the Arctic is an essential step in helping people understand that global warming is real and is happening now—and is already affecting life as we know it on Earth.
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:
- Leadership Camps
These intensive training sessions create community change leaders who gain inspiration, skills, and tools on how to—and then return home to lead the way to a sustainable future. Follow-up workshops and regular communications keep graduates engaged.
- Arctic Ambassador Centers
More than 50 leading zoos, museums, science centers and aquariums belong to our Arctic Ambassador Center network, working as PBI partners to take action in their home communities to reduce CO2. Our website showcases their impressive accomplishments.
- Project Polar Bear Contest
This contest challenges groups of kids ages 11-18 to find creative ways to motivate and sustain the reduction of CO2 in their communities, with an emphasis on projects that last beyond the contest’s end. School groups, green clubs, scout troops, and students affiliated with our Arctic Ambassador Centers are all invited to take part.
- Acres for the Atmosphere
Our tree-planting and cycling efforts are community-building activities that lead to a larger green ethic and motivate action. They help the public make the connection between arctic sea ice and the actions they take thousands of miles away. Volunteer ambassadors work with us on roll-up-your-sleeves projects like our Polar Bear Forest®, building momentum for change.
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.