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Party for the Planet

One Health. One Climate.

Saturday, April 27, 2024
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free for all guests
Rain-or-shine event

We’re keeping the momentum going after Earth Day! Join us for Party for the Planet. It’ll be a day of fun — activities, music, a raffle and more — as well as provide opportunities to learn how we can help keep our planet and its climate healthy.

Meet the experts

Talk with One Health and climate solutions experts — including Zoo educators, next-generation One Health practitioners and scientists from the Saint Louis Zoo Institute for Conservation Medicine — who can answer questions and offer tips on how we can live more sustainably.

Topics our team will cover include:

  • Benefits of Animals on Human Health
  • Impacts of Climate Change
  • Impacts of Forest Habitat Loss
  • Impacts of Pathogens on Living Things
  • Importance of Biodiversity
  • Importance of Local Water Quality on Ocean Health
  • Importance of Pollinators

Participate in activities (plus a raffle!)

Visit One Health activity stations across the Zoo and collect a stamp from each of the tables. If you collect all the stamps, you will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win prizes! The prizes include:

Savor food and beverage specials

Treats available for purchase include planet-shaped cookies and a Dirt & Worms Frappuccino special at Starbucks.

Talk to local vendors who will be at the Zoo to share their organizations’ sustainable initiatives. Vendors include:

AmerenForrest Keeling NurseryHamilton Native Outpost
Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District
Missouri Botanical Garden
Missouri Coalition for the Environment
Missouri S&T STEM Mobile
Mosquito Alert STL
Saint Louis Story Stitchers
St. Louis City SC
StraightUp Solar

About One Health

One Health is the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines, working locally, nationally and globally, to attain optimal health for people, animals and our environment.

Relevant players in a One Health approach include professionals in:

  • Human Health (Doctors, Nurses, Public Health Practitioners, Epidemiologists)
  • Animal Health (Veterinarians, Paraprofessionals, Agricultural Workers)
  • Environment-Related Fields (Ecologists, Wildlife Experts)
  • Human Behavior-Related Fields (Sociologists, Anthropologists, Economists, Politicians)

The Zoo's position on climate change

Throughout its history, the Earth’s climate has varied, reflecting our environment’s complex interactions and dependences. Humans have been changing the planet ever since the dawn of agriculture 10,000 years ago. However, during the 20th century, the rate of climate change increased dramatically — the greatest in the last 150 years. This increase is due to the use of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas. The rampant burning of these fossil fuels has increased the amount of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere at a rate too fast for the Earth’s regular processes to handle.

Scientific consensus holds that climate change is interrupting natural cycles, causing habitat loss and prompting more extreme weather patterns. All of this affects animals.

As a conservation organization, the Saint Louis Zoo has a responsibility to constructively engage in climate change solutions.

Thank you to our sponsor!

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