International Polar Bear Day This Weekend

February 26th, 2011

Did you know that a polar bear’s hair is actually transparent? It looks white because it’s reflecting light. Older polar bears might appear yellow.

But transparent, white or yellow, you can celebrate these amazing bears this weekend.

International Polar Bear Day is this Sunday, February 27, and Polar Bears International gives you some ideas for how to help these beautiful, threatened creatures.

Don’t forget to tweet about International Polar Bear Day with the hashtag #pbday.

Are polar bears really in trouble?

Yes. Sadly, only about 25,000 polar bears remain in the wild. The population of polar bears is declining due to poaching and pollution. And, of course, the biggest long-term threat to the bears is global warming, which is destroying the sea ice that polar bears depend on for hunting food. (Source: NWF)

Lower Your Carbon Footprint for Polar Bears in Three Steps

  1. Carpool or bike whenever possible.
  2. Turn down the thermostat.
  3. Buy local. Fall in love with your farmer’s market. Demand that your grocer carry local produce too.

(Image: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

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