18°C OR BELOW
THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON POLAR BEARS
Listed as a vulnerable species by the IUCN, we could see the polar bear disappear unless we as humans make a change. The Arctic sea ice polar bears rely on to hunt seals is under significant threat due to global climate change. The Earth’s global temperature is increasing due to the fossil fuels we burn for electricity, to heat our homes, and to drive our cars, creating a blanket of CO2 that is trapping heat in our atmosphere.
18°C or Below is a campaign created by Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation to help reduce carbon emissions and the resulting devastating effects on the global climate. By encouraging everybody to ensure their home thermostat is set to 18 degrees or below, we can collectively reduce a huge amount of C02 emissions that would otherwise be excessively wasted.
“Just like forest fires, we’ve always had them in the past, it doesn’t mean we can’t have arsonists setting fire to forests now. You don’t get a free pass for changing the climate, just because it’s changed before.”
Dr Gavin Schmidt, The Goddard Institute of Space Studies
WHAT YOU CAN DO
We kick started the 18°C or below pledge on the 27th February at YWP and YWPF’s International Polar Bear Day event, we are now encouraging our visitors and the general public to play their part in making a difference. Our 18 degrees or below campaign aims to not only help everybody protect Polar Bears, but save money on household utilities too!
By encouraging everybody to ensure their home thermostat is set to 18 degrees or below, we can collectively reduce a huge amount of C02 emissions that would otherwise be excessively wasted.
If you would like to donate to YWPF and polar bear conservation and research please text YWPF17 £1 to 70070. Alternatively you can donate by clicking the button below: