3/20/2013 2:41:17 AM

Wednesday Shout-Outs {Kid Donations, Microalgae, Dogs, & Powering Down}

Happy first day of spring (or fall to our southern hemisphere friends)! It's time for our (mostly) weekly shout-outs.

Each Wednesday we are featuring several people who are working hard to fight climate change and save polar bears.

• We received a sweet letter (and a donation) from two sisters calling themselves the "Cocoa Sisters." They sell all-natural, fair-trade chocolate bars and wanted to use some of their profits to help polar bears.

• Pierre Calleja sees big things in micoralgae - microscopic, single-cell plants with the potential to clean the air, propel automobiles and light city streets. Calleja, a biochemist and founder of Fermentalg, a French industrial biotechnology company that specializes in the production of chemical compounds from microalgae, last year introduced a lighting system for parking garages, city streets and other urban landscapes. The algae street lamps do double duty - providing emissions-free light while scrubbing the air of carbon dioxide.

• We don't usually give shout-outs to non-human animals, but in this case we can't help ourselves. Karelian Bear Dogs Kavik and Baloo help researchers find polar bear dens, and look cute doing it.

• Another shout out goes to the kids who kickstarted a clean energy revolution. Kids in England, who have been raising money to fund solar for schools in Africa, now are bringing the concept closer to home. Solar Schools, a new scheme is harnessing the power of crowdfunding to finance solar panels on school roofs across Great Britain.

• Don't forget Earth Hour takes place this Saturday at 8:30 p.m. local time. Join us in Powering Down and post photos and videos of your friends and family doing just that at My Planet, My Part. It's just one part of our Save Our Sea Ice (SOS!) campaign.

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