When I left Churchill one year ago, I never dreamed that I would have the opportunity again, but thanks to Polar Bears International (PBI) I am once again fortunate to be a part of a Climate Alliance. Unlike last year, this time I am a facilitator. More specifically my role is to help the fifteen zookeepers who have joined me here to share with the rest of the world what they are experiencing here.
After our flight from Winnipeg to Churchill we were greeted by PBI staff members who had wonderfully warm parkas for us to borrow for our journey. We drove through the very small town of Churchill before stopping at the Hudson Bay beach for our bio photos and fresh air. As you can imagine we were anxious to get to the Frontiers North Adventures Tundra Buggy, so off we went.
Our driver Buggy Bob let us know that there had not been many sightings yet, but we were willing to give it a try. We are here early in the season, so the tundra is full of beautiful shades of greens, browns and yellows. This made it easy to spot a beautiful snow goose who greeted us. After a few hours of slow buggying we spotted something - tracks! Geese tracks, fox tracks, wolf tracks, and, yes, bear tracks! Slowly moving forward we finally spotted her, and she was gorgeous. We stayed and watched her for what was probably a long time but was over way too soon. She frolicked and played and welcomed us to her world.
As amazing as my day was I would be remiss not to mention the real reason that I am here. We are here because we all have the shared responsibility to act now to lessen the amount of CO2 emissions that we create through our burning of fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil. These emissions are like a heat trapping blanket that is causing climate change that not only affects the bears of Churchill, but also has effects on our own bit of the earth. Let's all join together to do better.
Big bear hugs,Carla