Penguins unplugged

Published: 27 February 2014

Penguins unplugged Living Coasts is asking everyone to pull the plug on wasteful electrical equipment to help reduce CO2 emissions. It’s all part of an international campaign launched by top zoos across Europe. The Pole to Pole campaign is backed by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). Presenter Chloe Garland said: “As Living Coasts is home to so many penguins – birds that are found at and around the South Pole – this campaign is perfect for us. By saving power we can all save money, too - so it’s a win-win situation! “The leading zoos and aquariums of Europe, through EAZA, are getting together with the Arctic Action Team and other partners to raise awareness and stimulate behaviour change to help conserve the biodiversity of the two Poles.” Living Coasts will create a wall dedicated to the campaign with posters and updates. Staff will incorporate information into talks, trails and quizzes to teach people about animals from the North and South Pole and ways in which we can all reduce our CO2 emissions. There will be school workshops and themed events through the year. There will also be updates on PEG the Polar Explorer Gorilla, who has sailed for the Antarctic on board the icebreaker HMS Protector. Chloe: “All people have to do is pledge to unplug one or more electronic devices when they are not in use. Pull out the plug once your mobile phone or tablet has finished charging, switch your TV or games console off at the wall rather than leaving it on standby. Together these small changes in behaviour can have a big impact in reducing the amount of electricity wasted and help cut the carbon emissions that are contributing to climate change.” For information go to: http://www.poletopolecampaign.org/

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