Hey kids! It is almost February 27th, which means it is almost time for …
International Polar Bear Day!
International Polar Bear Day was started by a conservation group called Polar Bears International. The aim of the day is to help raise awareness about the impacts of global warming on polar bears. Polar bears rely on sea ice to get around and find the seals they feed on. Melting sea ice is a challenge to polar bears.
Polar bears face other challenges, too. But scientists are working to better understand the changing climate and polar bear behavior and needs. Conservationists are working to help protect polar bears and their habitats. Scientists think there are about 26,000 polar bears living in the wild (IUCN).
Here are 3 things you can do to help celebrate polar bears:
- Spread awareness. Learn about these awesome carnivores. Share what you learn.
- Reduce your carbon footprint. The adults in your life can help you with this. Some things you can do – Ride your bike or walk, instead of traveling by car. Encourage people around you to use renewable sources of energy, like solar energy. Eat food grown in your local area. Recycle and reuse the things you can. All the small changes we make add up. They do make a difference.
- Support polar bear research and conservation. If this is something you’re interested in, ask your parents or teachers to help you. You could volunteer your time or raise money at school for polar bear science and conservation.
Check out this polar bear activity from Mongabay Kids:
Learn more about polar bears
Visit Polar Bears International for more resources for kids –
Facts & fun for kids:
February is warm, cozy den time for polar bears! Learn about polar bear moms and cubs:
Interesting polar bear facts from the World Wildlife Fund –
Additional resources for parents/educators:
Use these resources to help provide the background you need to talk to your kids or students about polar bear conservation status.
- IUCN SSC Polar Bear Specialist Group
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