Media Advisory, December 31, 2013

Contact: Valerie Love, (510) 274-9713

Polar Bear, Environmental Activists to Rally Near Obama's Hawaii Vacation Home

President Urged to Reject Keystone XL Pipeline in New Year

OAHU, Hawaii— Local activists will rally with the Center for Biological Diversity’s Frostpaw the Polar Bear outside President Obama’s vacation home tonight, on New Year’s Eve, to urge him to reject the Keystone XL pipeline and take action on climate change.

Frostpaw has been following the president throughout his holiday vacation on Oahu in hopes of catching his attention and delivering a “No Keystone” message. He even got a shoutout when the president yelled, “Hey, polar bear!” outside the Mid Pacific Country Club.

What: Frostpaw the Polar Bear and local activists from deOccupy Honolulu and Idle No More Hawai’i will rally to urge President Obama to reject Keystone XL and take action on climate change. Mini talent show featuring Frostpaw.

Where: Meet at Aikahi Park Shopping Center, 25 Kaneohe Bay Drive

When: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 31

Visuals and Interviews: Frostpaw the Polar Bear, Center staff and local activists will be available for photos, filming and media interviews. Frostpaw will be sharing his little-known talent for rapping, which he hopes to have included in Obama’s New Year’s Eve talent show.

Scientists say two-thirds of the world’s polar bears will disappear by 2050 if climate change is left unchecked. Dr. James Hansen, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, has said the Keystone XL pipeline would be “game over” for avoiding the worst effects of the climate crisis.

“The New Year is a moment to reflect on what matters most and resolve to take action. President Obama should resolve to tackle the climate crisis head-on in 2014 and reject the Keystone XL pipeline,” said the Center’s Keystone campaigner, Valerie Love.

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