International Polar Bear Day commemorates on February 27, to raise awareness on the issues that have been faced by the polar bears and the ways in which we can reduce our carbon footprint.
Climate change is a huge threat to polar bears’ existence and it further depends on us to take action and protect their future. Polar bears are classified as marine mammals, carrying with them a thick layer of body fat and a water-repellent coat to keep them insulated against the icy cold air and water that they encounter on the sea ice of the Arctic Ocean.
With their territory melting away beneath them, International Polar Bear Day is an important opportunity to make ourselves more aware about their plight and depletion.
International Polar Bear Day history 2021
It’s been difficult for scientists to track down the origins of the polar bear but a recent discovery in Norway may have provided the answer. A rare jawbone found on the Norwegian island of Svalbard in 2004 allowed scientists to estimate that the species first walked the planet around 150,000 years ago.
By the 1950s things were getting worse due to the increasing use of fossil fuels. The burning of coal, oil, and gas melted the sea ice, causing ocean levels to rise and affecting the landscape of the polar bear’s environment. Environmental groups began to push back on the polar bear’s behalf but their protests often fell on deaf ears as governments ignored their pleas to do more to protect the Arctic and in turn polar bears.
In 1973, the U.S, Denmark, Norway, and the former USSR signed the International Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears and their Habitat. The agreement regulated commercial hunting and the U.S. government classified polar bears as endangered. The non-profit organization Polar Bears International (PBI) was formed in 1994 and they made it their mission to establish action programs to protect the endangered polar bear.
To curb the depletion and the effect of the fossil fuels, they introduced the first International Polar Bear Day in 2011 and since then it has been celebrated every year across the globe.
International Polar Bear Day 2021 Theme
This year, campaign is being launched to fund the development of a new tool to find and map den locations to make sure moms and cubs aren’t disturbed. By protecting dens, you’ll protect cubs, helping to ensure their future.
How you can contribute on this year’s International Polar Bear Day
Let your voice be heard
Familiarize yourself with the areas that affect the environment. Research local and national representatives to learn their stance on climate change and keep that in mind at the time you cast your support. You can also reach out to your representatives and let them know that the environment, that how you can bring change to the society.
Polar Bear International has various tools to raise awareness for this cause. You can download attention-grabbing stickers for promotional artwork and you can change your Facebook profile picture using their temporary profile frame. Use the hashtag #InternationalPolarBearDay and join others in the conversation.