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.

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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

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Pull the Plug Progress

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Together we save 41355 kilowatt-hours of electricity.

This equals:

  • Annual greenhouse gas emissions from 6 cars
  • Co2 emissions of 3207 gallons of gasoline consumed
  • Carbon sequestered by 23.4 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!
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Campaign news

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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 […]

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How to get zoo staff and visitors to Pull the plug #Poletopole #pulltheplug

The past month many pledges tied to Blackpool Zoo have been registered on the Pole to Pole Campaign website. How come? The Education staff at Blackpool Zoo set up an area in the main entrance which was manned by staff during morning and afternoon hours. In the area a white ‘Christmas’ tree, a large cardboard […]