Absolute Commitment – A Group blog
Victor Alm – Zoological Manager, Oakland Zoo
Patty Young – Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Philip Fensterer – Oregon Zoo
Jennifer Funk – Pittsburgh Zoo
As we wrapped up our week out at the Tundra Buggy Lodge we spent our last full day in lecture bringing our time on the tundra full circle.
This was brought home to us as multiple polar bears circled our lodge while we learned about the daily and long term operations of Polar Bears International and what it means to be stewards of our planet. One definition of Stewardship is the careful management of something entrusted to one’s care. This is a very relevant definition and strikes to the major point of what is occurring on our planet due to climate change. We are stewards of this planet and the life and systems that operate on it. If we are not going to help then who is? Another major part of our day was conducting our webcast to our own institutions and families. This was a great opportunity to directly communicate with colleagues back home about our time at camp, what we learned, and describe our experiences. This was followed by a Skype with Robert Buchanan (President of PBI). He reminded us of why we came here and of our obligation to future generations.
Leaving camp we are now armed with the tools and knowledge we need to step out and create change. The first challenge we gave ourselves as leaders began at camp and was reducing our own carbon footprint for the week at the lodge. We took on the no shower eco-challenge. This allowed for the conservation of many resources while adding to the aroma and ambiance of the experience! The most encouraging and supportive part of this final day was getting the opportunity to meet with our Polar Bears International facilitators one on one. We used this time to finalize our forward action plans for change. Putting our thoughts on paper, then discussing them as a group helped them to really resonate with us. We are leaving the tundra this week feeling motivated and confident. We can make a change. We are committed to make a change. We will make a change!