Together, we can give life in the Arctic a healthy future
Polar bears live on Arctic sea ice - it provides a platform from which they can hunt, live and breed. Narwhals spend much of their lives under the sea ice, which provides them with protection from predators. Seals can spend their entire lives on the ice, finding food under and near the edge of the ice. And Northern communities have based their travel routes, their traditions and their way of life on the ice.
As the climate warms and the ice melts, all of this is in jeopardy. But it’s not too late. Together we can secure a strong, resilient future for the Arctic and the complex web of life it supports.
Make a donation, make a difference
You have the power to drive change in the Arctic, by making a donation to fund WWF’s conservation work in the North. We are putting scientists in the field to gather knowledge and make an attainable plan for the future, so that life in the Arctic can continue to thrive – but to fund this work, we need your help.
Donate now to conserve life in the Arctic
If you give before March 15, 2014, Coca-Cola® has generously pledged to match your donation to help conserve the polar bear’s Arctic Home to a maximum of $1 million USD (Canada and U.S. only), so please don’t wait. Give now to double the impact of your gift.
Photo © Steve Morello / WWF-Canon
The Last Ice Area: a key to Arctic conservationWe’ve identified a resilient stretch of ice that is projected to remain when all other large areas of summer sea ice are gone. We’re calling it the Last Ice Area, and it’s part of our solution for conserving life in the Arctic. This is a place where we have the chance to get it right by planning for a healthy Arctic future. It’s an opportunity to make sure that Arctic ecosystems are valued by communities and businesses in the North and around the world, that this resilient region will support people and wildlife for generations to come. With your support, we are making sure this opportunity isn’t lost.
Learn more about the Last Ice Area
Your donations in action
For the past three years, your donations have allowed us to do ground-breaking work in the Last Ice Area, resulting in significant progress towards our goal of a resilient Arctic, capable of sustaining all forms of life – from polar bears to people. Here are just a few of the priority projects your support made possible:
Polar bear population surveyThere are an estimated 25,000 polar bears in the wild, but current, accurate numbers were needed for a many subpopulations. Arctic Home funds allowed WWF to contribute to survey efforts in and near the Last Ice Area – including the Kane Basin and Baffin Bay subpopulations. While there was a lot of uncertainty about the size and health of these polar bear populations, this research helped confirm that both are still in decline. Learn more about polar bears.
Photo © Gordon COURT / WWF-Canada
Polar bear denning projectWWF and the Polar Bear Conservation Centre are compiling traditional knowledge collected from northern communities and scientific knowledge to create a map of all known polar bear denning areas in Nunavut. That helps us understand and protect these areas and the bears that depend on them.Learn more about polar bears.
Photo © Jon Aars / Norwegian Polar Institute / WWF-Canon