Five Things Humans Can Do to Help Polar Bears



    Polar Bears International responds to inquiries from public

    SEBASTOPOL, CA, July 28 /CNW/ - With increased media attention on the
rapid loss of sea ice in the polar bear regions caused by global warming,
Polar Bears International (PBI) is observing a steady increase in traffic to
its website, polarbearsinternational.org. Among the most sought-after material
is information relating to conservation efforts that might help slow global
warming and help preserve the vanishing polar ice. During this Year of the
Polar Bear, PBI has embarked on a number of initiatives to inform, educate,
and empower the public to take personal action to help counteract the effects
of global warming. Many of PBI's programs are currently described in detail on
the website, while others will be announced and added to the website between
now and the Fall, when polar bears begin their annual migration to the Hudson
Bay in Churchill, Manitoba.
    Polar bear scientist Dr. Andrew Derocher says that even small changes can
make a difference if each of us helps. PBI recommends the following five
personal measures anyone can take to reduce carbon emissions. Included are
tips from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Natural Resources Defense
Council (NRDC), and keepwintercool.org on how to curb greenhouse emissions by
reducing energy consumption.

    Reduce and Recycle

    Reducing garbage by 25% will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by
1,000 pounds a year. Recycle aluminum cans, glass bottles, plastic, and
cardboard to reduce your home's carbon dioxide emissions by 850 pounds a year.
Carry and use reusable cloth bags for shopping and transporting items to
reduce the production of plastic bags which are petroleum-based and
non-biodegradable.

    Take the Green Way

    Curtail driving by planning trips efficiently, and substitute walking,
bicycling, and using public transportation whenever possible. Leave your car
at home two days a week (walk, bike, take public transportation), to reduce
carbon dioxide emissions by 1,590 pounds per year.

    Be a Turn Off

    Reduce the use of electricity by turning off and unplugging appliances
when not in use; by installing energy-efficient lightbulbs; and by relying on
natural light wherever and whenever possible. Turn off TV, video player,
stereo, and computer when not in use. Turn off unused lights, and start saving
within a minute or two.

    Power Down and Clean Up

    Replacing your current washing machine with a low-energy, low-water-use
machine reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 440 pounds per year. Washing
laundry in warm or cold water, instead of hot reduces carbon dioxide emissions
by about 500 pounds per year.  For more information on energy-efficient
appliances, visit the Energy Star Web site at http://www.energystar.gov.

    Don't Give Energy Away

    Caulk and weather-strip around doors and windows to plug up leaks reduces
carbon dioxide emissions by 1,000 pounds a year.

    Other Important Tips
    
    -   Use lights that work off solar energy. Quite common, and realistic in
        price.
    -   Change your heating and cooling filters monthly saves electricity,
        and lengthens the life of the appliance.
    -   Plant trees.
    

    According to Robert Buchanan, PBI president, "It has become increasingly
clear that damage is occurring daily to our Earth and its creatures. Among the
gravest concerns is the peril imposed by global warming and vanishing sea ice.
The polar bear has become the iconic image of this threat, but all of us know
that the polar bear is literally the tip of the iceberg. Climate change is
threatening flora and fauna of all types - and that includes we humans. The
heat is on. The time is now."

    About PBI

    Polar Bears International is a non-profit organization devoted to
worldwide conservation of the polar bear through support of research and
education. World headquarters are in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. U.S.
headquarters are in Sebastopol, California. Membership begins with a donation
of $25 and includes a quarterly newsletter. One hundred percent of donations
go to support PBI initiatives. All administrative costs are covered by its
on-line gift shop sales and directors' donations. Board and advisory council
members receive no compensation and are not reimbursed for expenses.
    For more information, visit www.polarbearsinternational.org.




For further information:

For further information: Robert Buchanan, president, Polar Bears
International, (813) 335-3585, media@polarbearsinternational.org, Web Site:
http://www.energystar.gov, http://www.keepwintercool.org,
http://www.polarbearsinternational.org

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