Registered: December 2007
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I participated and also helped with the planning of Sinton’s first annual Polar Bear Plunge. The Polar Bear Plunge, unlike its Maryland predecessor, served as a fund raiser for our Future Problem Solving project as well as a way to aware our community of the risks and dangers of global warming. The Polar Bear Plunge took place at North Beach in Corpus Christi. The day was rather calm and tranquil inland, but as we arrived at the beach we found the conditions windy and the water extremely chilly. The only sea creatures we saw or actually “felt” were hermit crabs, which gave us quite a scare when we came across them in our initial dive.
In hopes of raising awareness of the dangers of global warming in our community, we sent out letters inviting individuals ranging from our local political leaders to famous faces and political leaders. We also called all the local television and radio stations in hopes of helping inform the people of the imminent areas as well of our cause. Unfortunately only one of our local television stations came to interview us. Neither of the politicians and celebrities showed up, of course we were expecting that to happen. Overall my peers and I had a great time plunging for the polar bears, even if we felt like we would come down with a severe case of hypothermia or pneumonia. Luckily to prevent our “freezing to death” we made hot chocolate for all of our plungers which we enjoyed with marshmallows.
Of course our future problem solving project is no were near completion the Polar Bear Plunge greatly help us with raising funds which we will use to distribute energy efficient light bulbs to families in our community. To me the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative is an excellent program to help jump start environmental awareness in the youth’s of today.