Frostpaw the Polar Bear, which is actually a person in a bear suit, is not giving up in his/her attempts to get President Barack Obama’s attention while he vacations with his family on Oahu. 

Frostpaw is urging the President to reject the Keystone XL pipeline and advance policies to combat climate change. To this end, the bear has been following Obama around Oahu, even getting a shout out from the President while he was golfing at the Mid Pacific Country Club. 

“Hey, polar beer!” Obama said. It was unclear if he noticed the Keystone XL pipeline sign. 

But Frostpaw is stepping up his/her strategy. Tuesday the bear will rally outside of the President’s vacation rental in Kailua with local activists from deOccupy Honolulu and Idle No More Hawaii, according to a press release from the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group based in Tuscon, Arizona.

Here are the details from the press release: 

What: Frostpaw the Polar Bear and local activists from deOccupy Honolulu and Idle No More Hawai’i will rally to urge President Obama to reject Keystone XL and take action on climate change. Mini talent show featuring Frostpaw.

Where: Meet at Aikahi Park Shopping Center, 25 Kaneohe Bay Drive

When: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 31 

Visuals and Interviews: Frostpaw the Polar Bear, Center staff and local activists will be available for photos, filming and media interviews. Frostpaw will be sharing his little-known talent for rapping, which he hopes to have included in Obama’s New Year’s Eve talent show.

Background

Scientists say two-thirds of the world’s polar bears will disappear by 2050 if climate change is left unchecked. Dr. James Hansen, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, has said the Keystone XL pipeline would be “game over” for avoiding the worst effects of the climate crisis.

“The New Year is a moment to reflect on what matters most and resolve to take action. President Obama should resolve to tackle the climate crisis head-on in 2014 and reject the Keystone XL pipeline,” said the Center’s Keystone campaigner, Valerie Love.


Learn more at NoKeystone.org



Photo: Frostpaw the Polar Bear. (Center for Biological Diversity)

— Sophie Cocke