Working as Arctic Ambassadors ...
We Turned Thousands of Plastic Bags into a Polar Bear Statue and Gave Away Hundreds of Reusable Shopping Bags
With a donation from PBI, we collected thousands of plastic bags and kept them out of a landfill by gathering them into a Polar Bear sculpture. And, we gave 450 shoppers reusable shopping bags. By replacing plastic shopping bags with reusable bags, each of these shoppers can reduce the need to manufacture 500 plastic bags every year. Manufacturing fewer bags will reduce the carbon emissions associated with their production.
We Saved Seventy Households Money and Reduced Their Carbon Emissions
In partnership with Randolph Electric Membership Corporation, we supplied 70 local households with energy-efficiency kits equipped with blankets to insulate water heaters (and reduce their energy consumption) and packs of energy-saving fluorescent light bulbs. The kits made it easy for these households to save money and help wild polar bears just by using less electricity. The kits helped these households join global efforts to stabilize the climate for Arctic wildlife and for people everywhere.
We Keep Planting Trees so That They Can Gobble Up Carbon Dioxide
With the help of Trees NC and several local vendors, we have been planting trees to make our environment more beautiful and pull carbon dioxide out of the air. In one planting, we scattered trees along the walking trail and and inside the ballpark at Seagrove’s Clay Presnell Park.
We also planted a special tree at the Zoo to honor the wonderful Polar Bear Willie when he left for Wisconsin so the North Carolina Zoo could upgrade and improve his exhibit. Sixty-five of Willie’s closest friends attended the tree planting ceremony conducted in his name. Unfortunately, Willie passed away while in Wisconsin, but the tree stands as a visual symbol of our promise to continue our work as an Arctic Ambassador Center.