So: I’m generally a cranky person, and I don’t normally plug kitschy holidays OR giving donations to random activist organizations. But, I’m about to do both, because anyone who has met me knows that I really, really like bears. Especially polar bears. And in case you thought that today was just another Wednesday, well, you thought wrong. As grumpy as I am that there’s a holiday for pretty much everything these days, I think celebrating delightful creatures like polar bears is a great excuse for a holiday. Seriously. Just take a look at how great they are:
And unlike many other animals that grow up to be less-great than the baby versions of themselves, polar bears continue to be awesome when they’re grown up:
I could keep going forever with adorable pictures, but – why should we care about polar bears? In case you’ve been living under a rock (I wouldn’t blame you with Congress acting the way they are these days, so no judgement) – one of the number one impacts of climate change is destroying the limited habitat of these awesome beasts. Melting ice caps and warming sea temperatures as a result of anthropogenic climate change could, sadly, one day be the demise of polar bears. So – if you’re not always someone who pays attention to your environmental impacts, maybe consider walking or riding your bike for a day – or doing something else small to try and reduce your impact. Better yet, if you’re super inspired, both the World Wildlife Foundation and the National Wildlife Federation offer symbolic polar bear adoption. You get a cute photo (or plus animal, depending on the size of your donation) and that warm, fuzzy feeling of helping out an organization that is working to give the polar bears some love. Because yes, they are so damn cute that the world would just be a much worse place without them.