Media Advisory, April 21, 2022

Contact:

Stephanie Kurose, (203) 524-0562, skurose@biologicaldiversity.org

For Earth Day, ‘Frostpaw the Polar Bear’ to Urge Rep. DeLauro, Sen. Leahy to Fully Fund Endangered Species Act

NEWTOWN, Conn.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Frostpaw, the Center’s polar bear mascot, will be tending a booth at Newtown Earth Day on Saturday, April 23 to hand out endangered species postcards that urge Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to increase funding for endangered species and help stem the global extinction crisis.

As chairs of the House and Senate appropriations committees, Rep. DeLauro and Sen. Leahy are two of the most powerful members of Congress, overseeing funding allocations for federal agencies, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Last month Congress passed a spending bill that failed to adequately protect imperiled species. For example, funding for the recovery of the nation’s 1,800 endangered species increased by just $3 million, while funding for the listing program remained frozen at last year’s levels. The Service needs an increase of more than $400 million to meet the current needs of our most imperiled animals and plants.

“From polar bears to whooping cranes, our world’s most iconic animals are at risk of disappearing forever if key political leaders don’t take immediate action,” said Stephanie Kurose, a senior policy specialist at the Center. “Now more than ever, we need Congress to go all out to stop the extinction crisis. Otherwise, Earth Day will no longer be a day of celebration, but a day of mourning.”

The endangered species postcards will feature the North Atlantic right whale, saltmarsh sparrow, dwarf wedgemussel and Northern long-eared bat. All these northeastern species are either currently protected and need more recovery funding or are waiting to be protected under the Endangered Species Act, as is the case for the saltmarsh sparrow.

What: Newtown Earth Day Celebration

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern time), Saturday, April 23.

Where: Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street, Newtown, CT 06470

Who: Stephanie Kurose, senior policy specialist at the Center, will be dressed as Frostpaw the Polar Bear and will be available for comment.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.7 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.