Take time today to acknowledge the world’s largest carnivore -the Polar Bear (aka ursus maritimus, nanook, nanuq, nanuk, ice bear, sea bear, eisbar, isbjørn or white bear).
When fully grown, polar bears can be 2.7m in height. That statistic alone should qualify any animal for its own day. International Polar Bear Day is organised by Polar Bears International (PBI) and is held every February 27 to raise awareness about the conservation status of the polar bear, particularly the impact of global warming and reduced sea ice. PBI has a range of polar bear activities, programs and appeals – I love their thermostat challenge but their #hygge gets my cosiness vote.
I’m also now adding a trip to Churchill Manitoba to my list of places to go before I die. The polar bears gather along the shores of Hudson Bay near Churchill waiting for the ice to freeze, so it’s one of the few places where you can come face to face with the polar bear in its natural habitat (albeit from the comfort of a specialised tundra vehicle).
Sitting in Australia in the often sweltering heat of summer may not naturally lend itself to considering the plight of animals a cold hemisphere away. But the plight of the polar bear, like many other animals, is cause to take stock on how as an individual we are impacting the planet and what we can do to minimise that impact.
My wrap features fabulous polar bear gift wrapping paper in blue and white. The polar bear motif is associated by some solely with Christmas but I say that’s doing the the Polar Bear a major disservice because it is a fabulous look all year round. And blue…the polar bear is usually depicted with the colour blue – just as well I like blue. I’ve teamed the paper with a blue and white dot knot with the white dots representing snow. A bow did not seem very polar bearish and twine was way to rustic, so knot it was.