- In Iceland’s capital city Reykjavik, sidewalks are heated by geothermal heat during winter.
- In 2012 a woman changed clothes while on a tour of Iceland. People thought she went missing because they didn’t recognize her. The woman then joined a search party looking for herself.
- Iceland is the only country in the world where 100% of the population has the internet.
- Iceland is the only country that’s mosquito free.
- Iceland’s population is so tiny that there’s an anti-incest app so you don’t end up getting it on with a family member on a night out.
Sources that helped me find out this stuff: FactRepublic.com, Quora
Today is International Polar Bear Day, a global event organised by Polar Bears International to raise awareness about the disastrous impact climate change is having on polar bear populations.
I want my daughter to see a wild polar bear. I want to see a wild polar bear. And I imagine that you too would like to see a wild polar bear. I want us all to see big, wild, healthy, flourishing bears dominating the Arctic skyline.
But, unless we all make an effort to take action, the likelihood of that happening diminishes every moment we continue to burn the planet up with our carbon output.
An excellent way of highlighting this global concern is by reminding people, all the time, about polar bears. And by reminding them about polar bears, you’re reminding them about climate change, as it’s literally impossible to think about a polar bear without thinking about their endangered situation, and the fact that unless we get our shit together, and act now, the Arctic will be empty of polar bears in 30-40 years.
You don’t have to do this with ranting lectures though. Instead, you can be more subtle with things you use on a day to day basis (like a tote bag or a necklace) and things you can pass on (such as greeting cards and cookies.)
It’s essential to get the kids involved too. By engaging them in reading stories about polar bears and having them play with polar bear toys, you can can educate them on the importance of us all doing our part to save these beautiful animals.
Below you’ll find 10 carefully selected products that will help you to remind yourself, your family and those all around you to think about the planets largest land carnivores, and how bleak a future would be without them.
If you’re interested in finding more inspirational things you can make/buy/see I’ve made a Pinterest board for International Polar Bear Day where you can find plenty to keep you occupied for the rest of today and beyond.
– Katie / Your Eyes In The North
I’m madly curious about people, especially where they live, especially when where they live is in the North. I’m also madly curious about what happens in their everyday. That’s why many of us read blogs in general and that’s one of the main reasons I established MostNorthern.
So, I thought it might be interesting for you to see some of my everyday, and in this instance, it was a hike in the forest surrounding our home, after a morning at my laptop writing about what mothers could be doing when their newborn baby is napping…
Winter is just giving and giving and giving this year, and I couldn’t be more grateful! After a morning of heavy snowfall, I trekked out into the trees to see what the skies had left, and here’s some of what I found.
– Katie / Your Eyes In The North