February 27 marks International Polar Bear Day - a time to marvel over these amazing animals as well as discuss how to keep them protected.
February 27 marks International Polar Bear Day—a time to marvel over these amazing animals as well as discuss how to keep them protected.
Fun facts about polar bears
Threats facing polar bears
The Canadian Federal Government recently classified polar bears as “a species of special concern” under the Species at Risk Act. Climate change is changing the face of the Arctic, melting ice that normally stays solid (so polar bears can hunt) at a rate much faster than previously thought. Even though polar bears can swim up to 10 kilometres per hour and have been known to swim for more than 90 kilometres without a rest, this may not be enough to protect them when the ice is melting at such a fast rate.
These changes don’t just affect polar bears; the entire ecosystem is facing changes, such as harp seals. To further complicate the matter, polar bears rely on harp seals for food.
What you can do
Shrink your personal carbon footprint by implementing some simple lifestyle changes. After all, according to Polar Bears International, “There’s no better way to honor polar bears on their special day than taking a meaningful step (or two) to reduce CO2.”
You can also learn more about what you can do to help polar bears by checking out these organizations: