11/10/2010 7:23:17 PM

Celebrities Share Conservation Message

Polar Bears International's polar bear and conservation experts will be joined by George Stroumboulopoulos, Chantal Kreviazuk, and Raine Maida for a special edition of Tundra Connections, a free, live webcast from the tundra of Western Hudson Bay, near Churchill, Manitoba.

The webcast—scheduled for November 12 at 12 p.m. CST—will also feature Dr. Steven Amstrup, senior scientist for Polar Bears International, and Dr. Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State.

The session will include information about the current state of the Western Hudson Bay polar bears as they wait to return to the winter sea ice. It will also include tips about how individuals can reduce their carbon footprint to help save polar bears and their Arctic habitat.

Viewers are encouraged to email questions@pbears.org for the opportunity to have their questions answered during the live broadcast.

"Every individual can make a real difference to the future of polar bears by committing to reducing their carbon footprint," says Dr. Amstrup. "PBI is excited to partner with George, Chantal, and Raine to share their passion for the environment and offer fresh ideas and questions with our Tundra Connections audience."

During the 2010 polar bear migration, PBI will broadcast over 30 Tundra Connections from Buggy One, a Tundra Buggy® specially-equipped with high-speed Internet, cameras, and stabilizers. The buggy becomes an educational outlet for live webcasts and video conferencing from the tundra. Participants can ask the experts questions in real time, teachers are offered curriculum to structure lessons to include Tundra Connections ... and, of course, there are opportunities to watch clips of polar bears in the wild. 

Our thanks to Frontiers North Adventures, Apple Education, Dr. Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots, and Discovery Education for their help with the broadcasts.

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