|Marlee, Karen (in costume) and Susan on Parliament Hill, Ottawa|
Inside the polar bear costume -- yes, of course it wasn't a real bear -- was Dr. Karen Ewing, a physician who travelled all the way from Economy, Nova Scotia with her stepdaughter Marlee. Together with Susan Russell, a lawyer and friend from Chicago, the women spoke with families and other visitors about the dramatic changes, caused in large part by global warming, that are taking place in the Arctic, threatening the survival of this spectacular species.
While Karen operated the life-like bear costume, made by Puppet Farm Arts and complete with levers to manipulate the front paws and face, Susan and Marlee handed out postcards, books and bookmarks with information about the polar bear. They were also encouraging people to sign Nature Canada's petition calling for action to reduce the effects of climate change on polar bear habitat.
A big thank you to Karen, Marlee and Susan for your volunteer efforts and for spreading the word!
Check out these photos:
|Dogs didn't know what to make of the bear!|
|Books, sticksers, bookmarks raise awareness|
|Karen's displays tell the polar bear's story|
|Thanks for telling people about our petition Karen!|