We work to conserve polar bears and the sea ice they depend on for survival through scientific research, educational programs, and community outreach. It is our goal to ensure that polar bears remain a part of arctic always and forever.
Polar Bears International is the world's leading polar bear conservation groupódedicated to saving polar bears by saving their sea ice habitat. We champion polar bears wherever they are, concentrating our strategies in areas of research, education, and action. Working closely with the world's leading polar bear scientists, we take an innovative approach to conservation, building collaborations in the interest of the bears.
Scientists project that two-thirds of the world's polar bears could disappear by the middle of the 21st century, followed by possible worldwide extinction by the end of century, due to the dramatic retreat of the sea ice that polar bears rely on for catching their prey. The arctic warming is caused by a build-up of greenhouse gases from excessive human reliance on carbon-based energy.
While sobering, these predictions are based on a scenario in which no action is taken. But research published in Nature by our chief scientist, Dr. Steven C. Amstrup, and a team of other experts shows that hope remains for polar bears and the arctic ecosystem if present emissions of greenhouse gases are significantly reduced.
At PBI, we're building momentum for action on climate change and working to ensure that, with your help and that of our partner organizations and sponsors, polar bears and the arctic ecosystem will remain for future generations.