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Teenagers meet challenge from Polar Bears International to reduce CO2 in their communities and SeaWorld San Diego and San Diego Zoo honor finalists.

(San Diego, CA, April 26, 2011) – Four teams of conservation-minded teens from across the country will gather in San Diego on April 30th for an Awards Ceremony for Project Polar Bear, a national contest hosted by Polar Bears International (PBI), the world's leading polar bear conservation group. The four teams — from North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — are finalists in a contest that encourages teens to create and carry out projects that reduce carbon emissions.

The Grand Prize team and their advisor will win a trip to Churchill, the polar bear capital of the world, to see polar bears in the wild, but the teens' passionate commitment to CO2 reductions goes far beyond that. As one of the contestants said, "It doesn't matter if we win or lose — what we're doing is so important."

This year competing teams rallied their communities to prevent more than 30 million pounds of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere. Along the way, they raised awareness about the importance of reducing greenhouse gases to help save polar bear habitat and inspired entire communities to reduce their carbon footprint.

"These teens know that the fate of our iconic polar bear is up to each of us," says PBI President Robert Buchanan. "Their actions and attitudes have already helped reduce carbon emissions and motivate change — and that makes everyone who competed a winner in our book."

The four finalist teams and their adult advisors earned a trip to San Diego for the Awards Ceremony in recognition of their accomplishments. It will be held at SeaWorld San Diego on April 30, 2011. During the ceremony, PBI will announce the Grand Prize and Second Place winners. Grand Prize is a trip to Churchill to see polar bears. Second Prize is a Beluga Encounter at SeaWorld. All finalists will receive free admission and a VIP Tour at SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo.

The contest was hosted by PBI, sponsored by Lowepro, and supported by regional zoos and aquariums including the North Carolina Zoo, the Cincinnati Zoo, and the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium. These zoos are part of PBI's network of Arctic Ambassador Center Zoos, centers that focus on animal well-being and enrichment, take a leadership role in stewardship and carbon-reduction efforts in their communities, and participate in PBI polar bear research efforts. Many also help support polar bear conservation through the PBI Polar Bear Sustainability Alliance.

PBI received dozens of contest entries from across the nation. Registration for the 2011 contest is October 1-31, 2011. To learn more about the contest and to read the blogs of competing teams, visit: www.polarbearsinternational.org/programs/project-polar-bear

Polar Bears International is a nonprofit dedicated to the worldwide conservation of the polar bear and its habitat through research, stewardship, and education. Learn more at www.polarbearsinternational.org

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