Media Advisory, July 15, 2016
Contact: Bill Snape, (202) 536-9351, firstname.lastname@example.org
'Frostpaw the Polar Bear' Brings Climate Message to Republican National Convention
CLEVELAND— The Center for Biological Diversity’s “Frostpaw the Polar Bear” will bring his call for action on the climate crisis to the Republican National Convention next week, beginning Monday, July 18. Frostpaw has been a fixture at marches, rallies and other events for years, from the White House and Wall Street to California, Massachusetts and beyond.
The bear will be a visible presence outside of the Republican convention on Monday and Tuesday. Frostpaw is also scheduled to appear outside the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia later this month. All appearances will include Frostpaw and his climate message: “Will you save me?”
“This isn’t about political parties or partisan fighting, this is about saving the planet — including people, polar bears and all living things — from the ravages of climate change,” said Bill Snape, senior counsel at the Center. “The United States has been too slow and sluggish in responding to this growing crisis. We need real action, and we need it fast.”
What: The Center’s “Frostpaw the Polar Bear” outside the Republican National Convention
When: Monday, July 18 and Tuesday, July 19
Where: Outside Quicken Loans Arena
Photos and Interviews: Frostpaw and his handlers will be available for interviews. Contact Bill Snape (above) or Stephanie Kurose, (203) 524-0562.
Scientists say that to avoid the worst effects of climate change, vast reductions in greenhouse gas pollution are needed. Despite those dire warnings, world leaders have yet to fully commit to the kind of reductions needed to match the magnitude of the crisis. The effects of climate change are already setting in. Without rapid reductions in carbon pollution, scientists warn of rapidly rising seas along our coasts, food shortages, more devastating weather events, heat waves and other devastating and costly consequences.
Wildlife also face severe consequences, including polar bears. Scientists saw that, without help, more than two-thirds of the world’s polar bears, including all the bears in Alaska, will be gone by 2050. Arctic sea ice, which polar bears depend on for hunting and raising their cubs, hit a new record low in January.
The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.