FEBRUARY 13, 2021: DAY OF PROGRAM
1:00 to 1:30 pm EST: Virtual Pre-Plunge Rally with Congressman Donald McEachin, Bill McKibben, and Rev. Lennox Yearwood. We will also have a Polar Bear Plunge costume contest (see details below).
1:30 to 3:30 pm EST: Plunge time! Take the plunge from wherever you are. Utilize signs and messaging to send a message to our representatives to act on climate. Send your photos and videos to the CCAN team ([email protected]) with your name and location so that we can compile them to share. Be sure to take some time to change and warm-up.
3:30 to 4:30 pm EST: Virtual Post-Plunge Huddle. Grab a blanket and warm drink and join us for some laughs as we look through all the plunge photos and videos that were sent in. We will be laughing even harder when we are joined by comedian Kasha Patel. Catch up on what the CCAN team will be working on in 2021, and hear the winners of the costume contest and electric bike giveaway.
HOW TO JOIN THE PLUNGE PROGRAM
Join via Zoom: If you are a plunge participant, we will email you the Zoom link to join the program a few days before the plunge. We encourage you to join over Zoom if you are plunging from home.
Watch live on Facebook and YouTube: For those who plan to tune-in from the outdoors, we will be live streaming the plunge on both YouTube and Facebook. This is also available for any plunge donors who would like to tune-in to the event!
POLAR BEAR PLUNGE GUEST SPEAKERS
Bill McKibben: McKibben helped found 350.org, the first global grassroots climate campaign, and has organized on every continent, including Antarctica, for climate action. He played a leading role in launching the opposition to big oil pipeline projects and the fossil fuel divestment campaign. The divestment campaign which has become the biggest anti-corporate campaign in history, with endowments worth more than $15 trillion stepping back from oil, gas and coal. McKibben lives in the mountains above Lake Champlain with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, where he spends as much time as possible outdoors.
Reverend Lennox Yearwood: Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. is the President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, is a minister, community activist and one of the most influential people in Hip Hop political life. He works tirelessly to encourage the Hip Hop generation to utilize its political and social voice. Rolling Stone deemed Rev Yearwood one of our country’s “New Green Heroes” and Huffington Post named him one of the top ten change makers in the green movement. Rev. Yearwood is also a member of CCAN’s Board of Directors.
Congressman Donald McEachin: Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) was first elected to represent the 4th Congressional District of Virginia in 2016. During his first term in Congress, Rep. McEachin co-founded the United for Climate and Environmental Justice Congressional Task Force and he continues to lead the task force as a co-chair. Rep. McEachin represents his constituents, and the Commonwealth of Virginia, as a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, the House Committee on Natural Resources, and the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.
Rep. McEachin is the son of an Army veteran and a public-school teacher who was raised in the area that he now proudly represents in Congress. He is a dedicated public servant who leads efforts that will promote equality, curb gun violence, protect our environment, and preserve access to affordable health care.
POLAR BEAR PLUNGE COSTUME CONTEST
One of the most quirky aspects of our annual plunge is the creative costumes that plungers show up in. To carry on this tradition we will be having a costume contest! We are asking plungers to send images of themselves in their costume to [email protected] by 11:30 am EST on February 13th. We will then let plungers vote for their favorite! If you are interested in participating, please fill out this form.