Beginning on International Polar Bear Day (February 27), the Zoo is asking schools, organizations, businesses and families to turn down the thermostat by two degrees on one or more dates between February 27 and March 16 to lower carbon emissions and help save polar bears. Participants are invited to “bundle up” in their favorite warm clothing to help raise awareness on this worldwide conservation issue.
Reducing our carbon footprint can slow and even reverse climate changes, which cause sea ice to melt. Sea ice is a necessity for polar bears as they use it for hunting.
“Bundle Up For Polar Bears” was launched by the Buffalo Zoo in 2011. Schools in multiple Districts registered to participate in last year’s event. The event was so popular that Polar Bears International is helping the event go national in 2012!
Help us make this year’s project even bigger and better! Schools, organizations, businesses and families can register to participate by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the email, please state the name of your organization/school/family, the number of people participating and the date of participation. After you participate, you are also invited to upload your Bundle Up photos to http://www.flickr.com/photos/buffalozoo so others across the country can see the involvement of Western New Yorkers in this program.
The Buffalo Zoo and Polar Bears International thank you for doing your part in helping to save polar bears!