Fight Against Climate Change

As the world saw in the beginning of June of 2017, President Trump decided on behalf of the United States to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, as it did not "put America first." I guess aspiring to save the planet wasn't good enough. What the President fails to realize is saving the planet does put America first. Many people from both sides of the political aisle, well-known companies, and people all across the world are left with fear about the ultimate fate of this planet. My government made a truly shameful decision. However, like many people in the private sector, I refuse to just sit back and allow our elected officials to tell us that climate change is not a burning issue or not even real. The facts are that climate change IS happening and it can be seen in our everyday lives. I'm still baffled that there is even a debate if you believe in it or not. Let's do something. (If you would like to read more about studies done to show proof, here is an excellent website provided by NASA. You can also calculate your carbon footprint here.) 

The first step in my initiative is this polar bear here. As you can tell, he and I aren't very happy right now. Both of our homes are in trouble and it's obvious we can't rely on the U.S government to see that. Now is the time for the bottom to start working up. This pattern will now be available in my Etsy shop as a download for $4, and for every purchase, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the EDF (Environmental Defense Fund) to aid in their fight against climate change. It might not seem like a lot of money, but any amount goes a long way to promote reducing carbon emissions with alternative solution, helping our oceans, and reducing exposure to pollutants. If crochet isn't something that you do, but you still want to donate, you can do so here. This pattern will also be for free at the bottom of this post.

 Why? Why would it be free?

 One positive has come out of this, and that is the fact that the whole world sees this decision. This has inspired many “ordinary” people to want to fight back. We can't let one man decide the fate of our earth. Let this polar bear be a constant reminder to you in your home that changes need to be made and that you can make a difference. Let it remind you that we only have one planet. Send it to someone who doesn't "believe" in climate change or doesn't see the harm that CO2 emissions cause. Kill ignorance with kindness.

More patterns, news of green changes I have made myself, and fun new reusable products will be offered in the coming weeks. In the meantime, don't let our President convince you that climate change is not important. I have a lot of faith in the private sector and their efforts to combat this, and we can all do little things in our day to days. By prioritizing the planet, we can make America and the world great again.

 To all of you living outside of the U.S., please know that Donald Trump does not speak for all of us when it comes to this issue. We stand with you and we will protect our planet.

 

Here is the Polar Bear Pattern! Enjoy! :)

Materials: 4mm hook

Big Twist Value in white, black, blue, and green

Polyester fiber fill

12mm safety eyes

Scissors

Darning needle

 

Abbreviations: sc = single crochet

mr = magic ring

inc = increase (2 sc in next stitch)

dec = decrease (sc 2 together)

ch = chain

FLO = front loop only

BLO = back loop only

 

Polar bear body (begin in white)

Begin with 6 sc in Magic Ring.

Round 1: inc around (12)

Round 2: *sc, inc* around (18)

Round 3: *sc 2, inc* around (24)

Round 4: *sc 3, inc* around (30)

Round 5: *sc 4, inc* around (36)

Round 6: *sc 5, inc* around (42) 

Rounds 7-12: sc around (42) (Insert eyes in row 10, 9 stitches apart)

Round 13: *sc 5, dec* around (36)

Round 14: *sc 4, dec* around (30)

Round 15: *sc 3, dec* around (24)

Begin stuffing with fiber fill

Round 16: *sc 2, dec* around (18)

Round 17: *sc, inc* in FLO around (36)

Rounds 18-22: sc around (36)

Continue stuffing with fiber fill

Round 23: *sc 4, dec* around (30)

Round 24: *sc 3, dec* around (24)

Round 25: *sc 2, dec* around (18)

Round 26: *sc, dec* around (12)

Slip stitch to finish off, leaving a long tail to sew the hole closed.

 

Ears (begin in white) Make 2

Begin 6 sc in Magic Ring.

Round 1: *Inc* around (12)

Rounds 2-3: sc around (12)

Finish off and leave tail for sewing

 

Legs (begin in white) Make 2

Begin 6 sc in Magic Ring.

Round 1: *inc* around (12)

Rounds 2-4: sc around (12)

Finish off and leave tail for sewing

 

Nose (begin in white)

Begin 6 sc in Magic Ring.

Round 1: *inc* around (12)

Round 2: *sc, inc* around (18)

Round 3: sc around (18)

Finish off and leave tail for sewing

 

Arms (begin in white) Make 2

Begin 6 sc in Magic Ring.

Round 1: inc around (12)

Rounds 2-3 sc around (12)

 

***Earth Notes: When it is stated to Switch color, it happens in the last step when pulling through the next color

Here (picture above) this would count as a complete stitch, so in this case a full sc. When switching color, this is where you switch:

Here (picture above) this would count as a complete stitch, so in this case a full sc. When switching color, this is where you switch:

In this case (picture above) this still counts as a blue stitch. The next stitch will be counted as green:

In this case (picture above) this still counts as a blue stitch. The next stitch will be counted as green:

The next stitch you make will be considered green!

The next stitch you make will be considered green!

 

Earth (Begin in Blue)

Begin 6 sc in Magic Ring.

Round 1: inc, inc, (Switch to Green) inc, inc, (Switch to Blue) inc, inc (12)

Round 2: sc, (Switch to Green) inc, (Switch to Blue) sc, inc, (Switch to Green) sc, inc, sc, inc, (Switch to Blue) sc, inc, sc, inc (18)

Round 3: sc, (Switch to Green) sc, inc, (Switch to Blue) sc, sc, inc, (Switch to Green)  sc, sc, inc, sc, sc, inc, (Switch to Blue) sc, sc, inc, sc, sc, inc (24)

Round 4: sc, sc, (Switch to Green) sc, sc, sc, (Switch to Blue) sc, sc, sc, sc,  (Switch to Green) sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, sc,  (Switch to Blue) sc, sc, sc, sc, (Switch to Green) sc, sc, (Switch to Blue) sc, sc (24)

Round 5: (All Blue) *sc 2, dec* around (18)

Begin stuffing with fiber fill;

switch to white yarn

Round 6: *sc, dec* around (12)

Round 7: dec around

Slip stitch to fasten off, leaving a long tail of yarn to sew the hole closed.

 

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