The leading zoos and aquariums of Europe, through the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) will together with Arctic Action Teams (AAT) and other partners raise awareness and stimulate behaviour change for the conservation of the biodiversity of the two Poles.

Learn more about our campaign >>


What we want to do

  • Secure the participation of as many zoos and aquariums in as many countries as possible
  • Affect positive behaviour change amongst: zoos, schools and zoo visitors
  • Run as near a carbon-neutral campaign as possible
  • Present a petition calling on world leaders to reduce CO2 emissions to below 350 ppm

Learn more about the objectives

Pull the Plug Progress

3357electronic devices

Together we save 119678 kilowatt-hours of electricity.

This equals:

  • Co2 emissions of 88640 pounds of coal burned
  • Co2 emissions of 9286 gallons of gasoline consumed
  • Carbon sequestered by 67.6 acres of forest in one year

How you can help

logo-pledge-300Helping is easy, all we ask is that you pledge to unplug one or more of your electronic devices when they are not in use. This means pulling out the plug once your mobile phone or tablet has finished charging, switching your TV or games console off at the wall rather than leaving it on standby. Together these small changes to our behaviour can have a big impact in minimising wasted electricity and help cut down the carbon emissions contributing to climate change. Don’t delay – pledge to pull the plug today!

There are numerous other ways in which you can help reducing carbon emissions, click here for inspiration!
Join the campaign!

Campaign news


School children receive Pole to Pole educational pack at Ouwehand Zoo #PullthePlug #PoletoPole

On Earth Day 2014 yesterday, Ouwehand Zoo hosted the Dutch launch of the EAZA Pole to Pole Campaign. Adventurer and explorer Bamboo Bill, known from the Dutch children television show ‘Ouwehands Jungle Club’ provided the impetus for the launch on behalf of Ouwehand Zoo and the other participating Dutch zoos. A class of schoolchildren and […]

Pull the plug

Action of the Day at Nordens Ark, Sweden #PoletoPole #Pulltheplug #EnvironmentalResponsibility

At Nordens Ark in Sweden, as with most zoos, environmental concern is at the core of their work. Nordens Ark was founded with the objective of preserving biodiversity and they aim to achieve this primarily by breeding and reintroducing threatened species, combined with research and education. One vital aspect of conservation is obviously the preservation […]

Europe's largest coal-fired power plant in Bełchatów, Poland. Photo by: Stasisław/Public Domain.

New IPCC report: “Things are worse than we had predicted” #pulltheplug #poletopole

Climate change is impacting every facet of human civilization from our ability to grow enough crops to our ability to get along with each other, according to a new 2,300-page report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The massive report, from the Nobel Prize-winning body, states definitively that climate change is already affecting […]