Past Projects

EAZA Pole to Pole Campaign

© EAZA Pole to PoleObjectives: Secure the participation of as many zoos and aquariums in as many countries as possible; Affect positive behaviour change amongst: zoos, schools and zoo visitors; Run as near a carbon-neutral campaign as possible; and Present a petition calling on world leaders to reduce CO2 emissions

Species: All species that live at the poles and inbetween

Location: Pole to Pole

Support started: October 2013 to September 2015

Background: The Pole to Pole campaign is about the Ambassadors of the Poles, about penguins, about polar bears, about the Arctic and Antarctic in general and it is about us taking responsibility for the way we live. With the focus on a broader acceptance of and action for sustainable living, this campaign aims to build upon tried and tested methods for lowering an individual's or a community's carbon footprint. It is not about pointing accusing fingers, forbidding certain non-sustainable actions. It is about creating an atmosphere where riding your bike, planting a tree, turning off the light, and putting on a jumper and lowering your thermostat becomes the norm, not the exception. The greater the uptake, the greater the impact. The campaign wants to create a snowball-effect and aim to get as many people all over the world to put in a little personal effort and stimulate other individuals and organisations to do the same! The campaign wants to establish the effect by creating 'mass'. By taking the pledge you can save energy, save money, reduce your carbon footprint, and contribute to saving the life of polar bears and penguins.

Helping is easy, all is asked is that you pledge to unplug one or more of your electronic devices when they are not in use. This means pulling out the plug once your mobile phone or tablet has finished charging, switching your TV or games console off at the wall rather than leaving it on standby. Together these small changes to our behaviour can have a big impact in minimising wasted electricity and help cut down the carbon emissions contributing to climate change. Don't delay – pledge to pull the plug today! Join the Pull the Plug campaign visit:

Future objectives: The campaign calls on zoo and aquarium visitors and the wider public to take small individual steps that can make a huge collective difference to endangered species and ecosystems both at the poles and everywhere in between. Pole to Pole research estimates that if all of the 140 million visitors to EAZA zoos with a mobile phone were to disconnect their phone charger after charging, this would save up to 29 million KW of energy equalling 422.149 oil barrels or 119.032 football fields of forest. Leaving appliances on standby mode consumes a significant amount of energy and is roughly responsible for 1% of global CO2 emissions. Now that there is no real doubt about climate change caused by humans, the sooner we can get started on reducing emissions, the better.


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