RPCVs in Northern New England, the Midwest and other locations know all too well that winter still packs a powerful punch. The phrase “global warming” gets a little confounding this time of year and is somewhat of a misnomer. But taken as a whole, the scientific community has confirmed our planet is warming, leading to dangerously disruptive shifts in our climate patterns.
With that well in mind, five members of the Shriver Peaceworker affiliate group of the NPCA (pictured above) braved the cold on January 10 to participate in the annual “Keep Winter Cold” Polar Bear Plunge into the Chesapeake Bay. They raised nearly $1,000 to support the ongoing work of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, led by Zaire RPCV Mike Tidwell.
“Wow, it's cold in the Bay!" That was the reaction from Joby Taylor, a Gabon RPCV and Shriver Peaceworker Fellow from 1999 – 2001. So why did he plunge? "As RPCVs we have seen first hand many places and communities around the world that are disproportionately impacted by the effects of global climate change. But much of the problem starts right here at home, so home is where we have to begin working for change.”