What do you call a world champion figure skater with a soft spot for the largest land mammal in North America? Wellâ€¦you call him Patrick Chan!
This Sportsnetâ€™s 2011 Canadian Athlete of the Year holds three Guinness World Records and has even been to the Olympics! Just a few weeks ago Patrick Chan competed against some of the countryâ€™s top talent in the Canadian Figure Skating Championship, taking gold for the FIFTH YEAR IN A ROW! We could keep listing all of the amazing things that this young athlete has accomplished but weâ€™re making Patrick blush. Besides, there is more to this 21-year-old then his mad skating skillz; he is also passionate about protecting the environment. Wild Wire News Reporter Quinn tracked down Patrick Chan, who stepped away from his busy training schedule to talk about how he is helping to protect animals.
Patrick Chan started a Bring Back the Wildâ„¢ Campaign on Earth Rangers.com, choosing to protect the Plains bison. Why the bison, you may ask? Patrick says itâ€™s all about how amazing these animals are. For example they can jump up to 6 feet high from the standing position. Put some skates on them and youâ€™d have some tough competition on the ice!
Now that team â€˜save the bisonâ€™ includes a world-class figure skater, letâ€™s take a closer look at whatâ€™s troubling one of North Americaâ€™s most iconic animals. Climate Change is a big problem for the Plains bison because they live off grass. During the winter, they usually can dig through the snow and find the delicious green stuff. But when the temperature is constantly changing from above and below the freezing mark, the light fluffy snow melts and turns into ice. Have you ever tried to dig through ice? It can be a near impossible job, even for a bison.
What you can do!
Besides starting a Bring Back the Wildâ„¢ Campaign to protect the bison, how else can you help? Patrick has some great advice for how you can make a difference. He says we should learn from experts and scientists so that we have the proper knowledge to make good choices about the environment. It is important to remember that kids will be the leaders of tomorrow so they need to learn how to take care of the planet. For Patrick, itâ€™s all about the little steps we make everyday to keep the environment in mind and make good choices for the future.
Thanks Patrick, for taking the time to speak with us and we hope you keep up the great work inspiring kids on and off the ice!
The Plains bison conservation project is generously supported by Just Energy. Just Energy has helped make the Earth Rangers Centre carbon neutral by offsetting our emissions through investment in local emissions reduction projects.