UB Students to take chilly plunge into Long Island Sound for World Wetlands Day

UB seaside view

Bridgeport, CT, January 29, 2019 – Are you bold enough—bold enough that is to take a frosty dip in Long Island Sound at 8 a.m. on Friday, February 1, along with students from the University of Bridgeport?

The fourth annual plunge into the frigid water is not a result of bored students acting on a dare. This event and others taking place around the world are honoring the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands that took place on February 2, 1971, on the shores of the Caspian Sea. World Wetlands day was first celebrated in 1997.

Each year celebrations such as the one at the University of Bridgeport raise awareness around the importance about the value of wetlands for humanity and the planet.

The theme for the 2019 World Wetlands Day is “Wetlands and Climate Change.” The impact of climate change is far ranging and includes the rise of sea water, coral bleaching, hydrological effects, changes in water temperature, and alterations in water availability and quality—all factors that strongly affect wetland ecosystems.

“Students in the University of Bridgeport’s naturopathic program take the plunge into Long Island Sound to both honor World Wetlands Day and to promote the University’s use of our natural environment,” said Marcia Prenguber, director of the School of Naturopathic Medicine. School faculty are also regular participants in this chilly but warmhearted tradition.