2012 "Keep Winter Cold" Polar Bear Plunge sponsored by CCAN
As always, we are asking plungers to commit to raising a certain dollar amount for the plunge, beginning at $350. Why the number 350? Because 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is what scientists say is the upper limit to keep winter cold. For those who raise or exceed $350, we will enter your name into our exciting raffle! Prizes include a rafting trip, gift certificates to local businesses, and more -- the more you raise, the more chances you have to win! All plungers who raise at least $100 will receive a free “I Took the Plunge” t-shirt. We know you don’t do it for the prizes, but we want to say thanks!
$350 - Polar Bear Protector: receive 1 raffle ticket
$750 - Arctic Avenger: 3 tickets
$1,500 - Winter Warrior: 5 tickets
$2,000 - Climate Champion: 8 tickets
These are our suggested fundraising levels, which we hope you’ll choose from. You can enter your own personalized goal when registering for the event, and if it differs from our suggested levels, we’ll award raffle tickets accordingly. Thank you so much for joining the fun and for helping to make CCAN an even stronger organization!
Why should I help?
The reality is urgent. Arctic sea ice is melting faster than previously predicted and the top of the world could be free or nearly free of summer sea ice by 2020. If Arctic sea ice is lost at this accelerated rate, it would mean almost certain extinction for polar bears - as well as a potentially catastrophic jolt for global climate patterns. Even here in America, we are already seeing the effects in hotter summers, longer droughts, and extreme weather events like blizzards and floods. All these changes are wrecking havoc on businesses and activities that depend on cold weather, and we're fighting back with our Annual Polar Bear Plunge.
Expressing your commitment to fight global warming by jumping into a cold body of water with your friends and colleagues may sound a bit crazy, but the Polar Bear Plunge is an easy, effective and fun way for climate change activists to draw media and public attention to the issue of climate change, to recruit new activists and volunteers, and to raise money.
If you prefer to make your donation offline, you may mail a check to us. Please be sure to put the full name of the plunger you are sponsoring in the memo line.
c/o Jamie Nolan
P.O. Box 11138
Takoma Park, MD 20913