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TWENTY-SIX TERRIFIC TEENS TOOK THE CHALLENGE TO OUTSMART CO2.

2010 Project Polar Bear contestants

Caitlynn Turner & Michael Long, CZBG Teen Arctic Ambassadors

Registration for Polar Bears International (PBI) 2011-2012 Project Polar Bear contest has ended!
Twenty-six teens and their seven adult mentors have until January 31st to inspire long term change in their communities through ongoing projects that reduce the carbon dioxide load in the atmosphere.
This fall, 35 teams have registered with Arctic Ambassador Centers throughout the United States and Canada to participate in PBI’s Project Polar Bear Contest. Nine teams are affiliated with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW).
Over the next two months, these teams will be working hard on projects that encourage Saving Energy, Reforestation, Zero Waste by recycling and composting, and Closing the Loop by recycling and buying recycled products.

Our Ambitious Area Teams include:
Cats for Cubs from Springfield High School, OH
Ice Girls from Seven Hills High School, OH
Impact from South Dearborn High School, IN
The Autobots from Southern Hills Career & Technical Center, OH
The Trashless Trio from Roger Bacon High School, OH
Montessoil! from Clark Montessori High School, OH
And three teams from Cincinnati Zoo Academy, OH
Project Recycle: Zoo Style
Yesterday’s Today and
ZA Save a Tree
To learn more about each team and their project, check out their blogs at:
http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/programs/project-polar-bear/teams

Choose your favorite teams and help us cheer them along to the finish line!
We know that each of these dedicated teams will collectively make a BIG difference!
Thank You from CREW, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and Polar Bears International for doing your part to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere!

December 1, 2011   1 Comment

A Day (Or Two) In Churchill

Friday morning was spent cleaning up the Tundra Buggy Lodge, and moving everything into a buggy. Everyone worked together to get it done fast because it was raining as well. During breakfast, we saw the polar bear that had been hanging around camp all week, but he was napping as usual. Our ride back was uneventful, and everyone was tired and ready for a shower later that night. During camp, everyone participates in the “No Shower Challenge” to help conserve water, so you can probably understand our longing for showers. [Read more →]

October 16, 2011   1 Comment

Final Day on the Tundra Buggy

Thursday consisted of three different parts:

1) A majority of the day was spent out on the Tundra Buggy. We saw this beautiful arctic fox. Its gorgeous coat was snow white, and we watched the fox for a decent amount of time. Then, we saw a polar bear! He obviously wasn’t in the mood for the paparazzi because he quickly made his way down the bank along a body of water he had been napping by. On his way the bear would stop out of curiosity, look at us, and then keep moving. The group then stopped for a quick lunch and started heading back towards the Tundra Buggy Lodge. Once we got to camp we spotted a bear that been hanging around camp, and he was also taking a nap. Our buggy pulled up next to the napping bear, and he casually lifted his head to look at us, and then returned to his sleep. Seeing all the wildlife, plants, trees, mosses, and lichens just proves there is so much more to the tundra than people think.

2) We had a video conference with Robert Buchanan, the president of Polar Bears International. Basically, he told the teens that our generation had a big responsibility. The thing that impacted me most was when he said “We have nothing to take with us, we can only leave things behind.” I want future generations to be able to see what I saw this past week, but that might not be possible without our help. It gave every teen a lot to think about.

3) The day ended with our “awards” and readings of poems. First, the teens sang a song that was dedicated to the staff, and written by me! Next, we had special awards for everyone, and I won “the most memorable laugh”. We closed with poems and things people had written during the week; some were comical and others were serious.

Friday will be spent in town, and then we fly out of Churchill that night! Teen Leadership Camp is coming to a close so soon.

October 15, 2011   No Comments