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Polar bear navigating freshly forming Arctic sea ice at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Ian Johnson photo.

Polar bear navigating freshly forming Arctic sea ice at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Ian Johnson photo.

Happy Arctic Sea Ice Day!

Not only is the Arctic sea ice important for the survival of our beloved polar bears and other Arctic wildlife, but also for the planet. We hope you’ll join us in raising awareness and taking action to protect the Arctic sea ice. Together, we can make a difference for our planet!

10 Reasons Why Arctic Sea Ice Is Important For Our Planet

  1. Climate Regulation: Arctic sea ice helps maintain the Earth’s temperature balance, acting as a natural cooling system for our planet.
  2. Global Weather Patterns: Melting Arctic sea ice disrupts weather patterns worldwide, leading to extreme events like storms and heatwaves.
  3. Wildlife Habitat: Arctic sea ice is a crucial habitat for polar bears, seals, and walruses, providing them with food, breeding grounds, and a place to rest.
  4. Biodiversity Preservation: Protecting Arctic sea ice is vital for preserving the unique ecosystems and diverse species that call the region home.
  5. Ocean Circulation: Changes in sea ice affect global ocean currents, impacting marine ecosystems and the distribution of heat around the planet.
  6. Carbon Sink: Arctic sea ice absorbs carbon dioxide, acting as a natural carbon sink. Its decline contributes to increased atmospheric CO2 levels and worsens climate change.
  7. Indigenous Cultures: Arctic indigenous communities rely on sea ice for their traditional practices and cultural heritage. Preserving Arctic sea ice means preserving their way of life.
  8. Sea Level Rise: Melting Arctic sea ice contributes to rising sea levels, threatening coastal communities and low-lying regions with flooding and erosion.
  9. Scientific Research: Studying Arctic sea ice provides valuable insights into climate change, oceanography, and ecosystems, advancing our understanding of these critical topics.
  10. Sustainable Future: Celebrating Arctic Sea Ice Day reminds us of the urgent need to protect the Arctic and take action against climate change, ensuring a sustainable future for generations to come.

Polar Bears International created Arctic Sea Ice Day to draw attention to the rapidly melting Arctic ecosystem, why it matters, and how we can help slow this trend. Learn more here.

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