International Polar Bear Day is an annual event celebrated every February 27 to raise awareness about the conservation status of the polar bear. International Polar Bear Day is organized by Polar Bears International (PBI) to raise awareness about the impact of global warming and reduced sea ice on polar bear populations. The day encourages people to find ways to reduce their carbon output, such as by turning down their thermostat or driving less. The day has also been used to encourage the installation of energy efficient insulation in houses.
Every year, this global event draws attention to the challenges polar bears face in a warming Arctic—and how we each can help. PBI invites to celebrate by signing the petition asking for a fair price on carbon.
PBI also proposes Thermostat Challenge to save energy for polar bears. Make it a habit:
1. Turn down the heat a degree or two and enjoy hygge, or winter coziness, for polar bears—put on your fuzzy slippers and a comfy sweater, light candles, sip a hot drink, or bundle up for a walk in the snow.
2. In summer, set your air-conditioning thermostat higher.
3. Install a programmable thermostat for year-round savings—and take additional energy-saving steps like insulating your home and weather-stripping windows and doors.
Let’s celebrate properly!