Center for Biological Diversity

Media Advisory, October 18, 2016

Contact: Steve Jones, (415) 305-3866,  

Outside Las Vegas Presidential Debate, 'Frostpaw the Polar Bear' to Urge Climate Action

LAS VEGAS— Holding a “Don’t Gamble Away My Future” sign, the Center for Biological Diversity’s Frostpaw the Polar Bear will call for urgent action against climate change outside Wednesday’s presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. Scientists say global warming is putting the American Southwest at risk of megadroughts that could last for decades.

“Climate change is too big a threat to America not to be front and center in the presidential debates," said the Center’s Steve Jones. “From disappearing sea ice in the Arctic to devastating drought risk in the Southwest, every corner of our planet is at risk from our bad bet on dirty fossil fuels. Weve got to quit gambling with our climate future and start leaving polluting coal, oil and natural gas in the ground.” 

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

Where: Outside the presidential debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Thomas & Mack Center, 4505 S. Maryland Pkwy., Las Vegas, Nevada

When: Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 2 p.m. until the debate's beginning at 6 p.m.

Media Availability: Frostpaw and other Center activists are available for interviews. Contact Steve Jones: (415) 305-3866.

Hotter temperatures and rainfall uncertainties put Nevada and other southwestern states at risk of droughts that could last 35 years, according to a recent study in the journal Science Advances. This August marked 16 consecutive months of record-breaking heat for the globe, and this summer was the hottest in recorded history.

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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