As we gear up to join our partner charity Polar Bears International in their annual Thermostat Challenge for National Polar Bear Day on February 27th, we thought we’d explain why we’re so passionate about PBI, and what you can do at home to lend a paw.
We’ve partnered with Polar Bears International to help us become an environmentally-friendly company, because we recognise that the actions of businesses today have a serious impact on the future of the planet. Climate change is a very real and serious problem, with 97% of climate scientists, the experts in their field, of the opinion that climate change is real and is human-caused.
But what does climate change mean for us? Floods, droughts, heatwaves and massive storms are just a few of the dangerous results of climate change – which could eventually destroy the planet forever. Many people think that climate change only affects the Arctic, however, it isn’t just a threat to polar bears. It has a profound impact on people, too, with effects that are set to intensify unless we drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Our actions today will help prevent potentially catastrophic changes from taking place – not only helping polar bears, but also preserving the climate that has allowed human life to flourish so far!
We chose Polar Bears International, because they’re the only organization dedicated solely to wild polar bears. They are experts in polar bears’ habits, ecology and threats, and are recognised leaders in their conservation. For example, did you know that;
- Polar bears have black skin under their thick coats to soak up the sun’s rays to keep them warm, and a layer of blubber to fully protect them from the blistering air and freezing water
- Adult polar bears can measure over 2.5m long and weigh around 680kg, making them the largest living carnivores on Earth!
- Although they are strong swimmers, polar bears aren’t fast enough to catch seals in the sea. Instead, they rely on using the sea ice as a hunting platform
- A polar bear’s fur isn’t actually white. They have transparent fur, with a hollow core that reflects the light, helping them to blend in with their surroundings
- Rising global temperatures means that sea ice is melting earlier and returning later each year, leaving polar bears less time to hunt for food. This is what has caused them to become listed as a ‘vulnerable’ species
So, what can our brilliant bears like you do to help?
1. Take PBI’S Thermostat Challenge every year on 27th February, and turn down your thermostat a notch or two to help the environment. Experiment with inventive other ways of keeping cosy, like hot chocolate with marshmallows, your favourite thick jumper – or maybe even movie night with a duvet on the sofa!
2. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Cut down on the amount of waste you produce by choosing products which offer minimal or recyclable packaging. Be sure to always recycle your paper, plastic, glass, newspaper, and aluminium
3. Shop local. Transportation of international goods is a major contributor to the increase of greenhouse gases. By eating locally grown produce, you can help to reduce this
4. Take up your energy company on their offer of a smart meter. Smart meters can help you to easily keep track of the amount of gas and electricity you’re using, and some will even tell you which devices are using the most to help you reduce your overall consumption
5. Tell a friend! Lots of people simply don’t know about the dangers the planet is currently facing, and would be doing more to help if they did. Try sharing this blog with the hashtags #SaveOurSeaIce, #PolarBearDay and #ThermostatChallenge to raise awareness
Will you be joining in with the Thermostat Challenge this year? Do you have any other fun facts, or top tips to share with us? We’d love to hear them over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram! Click here to find out more about our commitment to PBI.