Center for Biological Diversity

Media Advisory, October 7, 2016

Contact: Clayton Norman, (520) 444-6603,  

Outside St. Louis Presidential Debate, 'Frostpaw the Polar Bear' to Urge Action on Climate Change

ST. LOUIS— As Missouri faces a growing risk of floods and heat waves, the Center for Biological Diversity’s Frostpaw the Polar Bear will call for urgent action against climate change outside Sunday's presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at Washington University in St. Louis.

“As the presidential candidates debate in a city threatened by searing heat and damaging floods, they've got to focus on the dangers of climate change," said the Center's Clayton Norman. “St. Louis and other cities across the Midwest will pay a steep price as global warming accelerates. We can reduce the risks by taking much stronger action to cut carbon pollution and leave dirty fossil fuels in the ground.” 

What: Frostpaw the Polar Bear and other climate activists will hold signs outside the presidential debate urging both candidates to fight global warming.

Where: Outside the presidential debate at the Washington University Athletic Complex, 330 N. Big Bend Blvd., St. Louis.

When: Sunday, Oct. 9, from 5 p.m. to the start of the debate.

Media Availability: Frostpaw and other Center activists are available for interviews. Contact Clayton Norman: (520) 444-6603.

This August marked 16 consecutive months of record-breaking heat for the globe, and this summer was the hottest in recorded history. The average annual number of heat waves in St. Louis has already doubled in the past 60 years, according to an analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists, with such dangerous heat likely to become more common. And climate change is likely to trigger more dangerous flooding in St. Louis, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

As global warming has worsened, the Center has urged President Barack Obama and other world leaders to leave dirty fossil fuels in the ground and cut greenhouse pollution from airplanes and other unregulated sources. Frostpaw has shown up around the country — from Alaska and Hawaii to Martha’s Vineyard and Washington — urging President Obama to take strong action on climate.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.1 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

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