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The People’s Climate March from within the costume

We had a fabulous time at the People’s Climate March yesterday.  We made a couple of videos that centred on our Habitat mascot and below are some photos.

Our mascot Nara Garber who wore the bear suit in steamy conditions has shared on Facebook her experience of the march from within the costume. Below is a very unique perspective of the People’s Climate March:

Thank you all for tolerating the deluge of bear imagery in recent days. Before I take a much needed social media sabbatical and throw myself back into my Braddock edit, I wanted to share a few random observations. IF YOU ARE WEARING A POLAR BEAR COSTUME…:

1. You are essentially inhabiting your own microclimate, which, yesterday, was a not a particularly pleasant one. I spent the second half of the march recalling anecdotes from troops I met in Iraq and reminding myself that I was neither in harm’s way nor saddled with 50 lbs. of gear in 130 degree heat. So, if you ever wondered what a mascot is thinking…

2. Some children will run to you and hug you as though you are the essence of all that is good in the world.

3. Other children will look at you and sob hysterically.

4. It is possible to make the NYPD smile (although not without effort).

5. Smiling for photographs is utterly pointless (and yet I did this all day…).

6. People are strangely attuned to your body language. Dancing elicits dancing; bows elicit bows; lethargy… well, you get the point.

7. Someone watching 310,000 people march by might pull you over and ask if you’ve seen Deirdre. (?!)

8. Your vision is limited both horizontally and vertically, and you are in constant danger of tripping on barricades and other people. If you are ever stepped on by a mascot, don’t take it personally.

9. You are dependent on others to keep you upright and hydrated. Thank you, Tolan, for being the best support crew a bear could wish for… and for still being willing to register for a marriage license with me the morning after.

I should also explain one more time that the “Habitat” on the bear’s shirt refers to Habitat the Game, a free app created by my friend and roommate, Kylee Ingram that teaches kids about the environment and sustainability while promoting real world actions. For more information, visit http://www.habitatthegame.com.

Here’s to better stewardship of our planet 365 days a year!

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