Polar bear day - what kind of holiday is it and how can it be celebrated?
Not many people know that Polar Bear Day is celebrated on February 27. In addition, it is believed that this international holiday is bound to draw attention to the importance of these representatives of fauna. On this day you can hear about the large-scale melting of ice and, as a consequence, the deterioration of living conditions for all inhabitants of the Arctic Circle.
What is the reason for the creation of the holiday?
As you know, this polar beast entered the process of evolution about 5,000,000,000 years ago. In the beginning brown bears appeared, which later adapted to life in the Far North, having received a modified name and becoming a new variety of them.
Polar bears belong to the family of mammals of the order of predators, differing by their more stocky physique. In addition, these animals can stand on their hind legs and pass in this position a short distance. Strong jaws and tenacious paws allow the "polar strongmen" to feed on even seals, although they excellently break up a small fish.
According to approximate data of scientists, today there are about 25 000 individuals. At the same time, a decrease in the number of subpopulations was recorded, which is negatively reflected in the ecosystem of the Arctic. Perhaps this was the main reason why it was decided to create the International Polar Bear Day.
Note! Of the 19 subpopulations available to date, eight have declined in number. At that, only three species remained stable, and one more increased.
The day of the polar bear began to be celebrated also because in 2008 he was brought to the Red Book as an animal that is under threat of extinction. So for him the status of "the most vulnerable species" was defined.
In addition, the melting of ice, which occurs as a result of global warming, also does not contribute to the reproduction of these animals. According to the same scientists, by 2050 polar bears can completely disappear. This conclusion was reached by residents of many countries, in particular Russia, the USA, Canada, Norway and Greenland.
Events dedicated to the holiday
- Cultural-mass work among pupils of schools and students, which usually begins with the gliding of snow figures of this beast and ends with tales of basic environmental problems. In addition, on Polar Bear Day, children's poems can be heard everywhere. Most of them are their own compositions.
- Creation of brigades of volunteers based on local population, monitoring the situation with polar bears. When animals are within sight, being a potential threat to people's lives, they start to scare away in many ways. It is forbidden to use products that can harm animals.
- Celebration of the northern inhabitants, who live in zoos, on Polar Bear Day is held through various contests for children and adults. It can be research quests, creative workshops, art exhibitions, quizzes, and interactive excursions.
- Virtual projects conducted by well-known advertising agencies and social networks, which are focused on drawing attention to the problem of protecting polar bears.
On the Day of the Polar Bear, the symbol of the Arctic or the indicator of the biological health of ecosystems of the same name, the problems of reducing its habitat are discussed. A consequence of this can be a decrease in its numbers to a critical level, which is simply unacceptable.