On Friday, November 5, 2021, the Earth Rangers, a kids' conservation organization, and hundreds of children across Canada raised awareness about about climate change by breaking the Guinness World Records title for the longest chain of paper snowflakes.
Longest chain of paper snowflakes ❄️ 403.66 m (1,324 ft 4.13 in)— Guinness World Records (@GWR) December 6, 2021
Kids across Canada contributed thousands of snowflakes with conservation messages for @EarthRangers#SnowflakeChallengepic.twitter.com/PRZfmBjMeA
The chain, made of 2,190 six-sided snowflakes, measured 403.66 m (1.324.34 ft) and was unveiled in an inspiring art display at the Toronto Zoo’s polar bear exhibit.
Since last June, children have been answering a national call to write down their feelings about climate change on snowflake cut-outs made from recycled and scrap paper.
The kids’ messages ranged from their concerns and fears about the state of the environment to their hopes and bright ideas for the future.
The kids’ notes flooded the Toronto Zoo with over two thousand snowflakes, far exceeding expectations and ultimately breaking the world record for the longest chain of paper snowflakes.
By breaking this record Earth Rangers wanted to show that collective work yields a collective impact. The snowflake chain is especially illustrative given the disproportionate impact climate change is having on the Arctic.
Though the effects of climate change are being felt around the world, the Arctic is warming at triple the global average, threatening the people and wildlife that call the region home.
"These snowflakes represent a part of the population that deserve to have their voices heard: our children. While many adults might see the climate crisis as insurmountable, kids know this isn't an option. It is crucial that they feel hopeful that we can face any challenge, even one as big as climate change, if we work together." - Tovah Barocas, president of Earth Rangers
The Earth Rangers Foundation is a kids' conservation organization whose mission is to create a generation of conservationists. They want to instill environmental knowledge and the confidence to take action in every child in Canada.
The snowflake challenge is part of a new program called Project 2050: Climate-friendly habits to change the world, a national movement in which kids across Canada can make real change for the planet.
Congratulations to Earth Rangers and all who took part in achieving this Guinness World Records title!
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