Paula the polar bear came to visit from Margate where she is spending the summer at the Turner Contemporary’s Animals & Us exhibition helping to promote discussion around climate change and how humans can co-exist with animals. The Cathedral has loaned books from its collections for the exhibition so the life-sized puppet, which belongs to Greenpeace, came to see the place for herself.
As well as exploring the Cathedral, she met visitors and even took a ride up to the top of the scaffolding to admire the view.
Archdeacon Jo Kelly-Moore said, “Paula challenges us all to be good stewards of the Earth and reminds us of those who are suffering because of climate change.”
Due to the ongoing and potential loss of their sea ice habitat resulting from climate change, polar bears were listed as a threatened species in the US under the Endangered Species Act in May 2008. Her visit was a timely reminder of our responsibility to care for our planet.
See a video of her visit below: