Mainers to jump in frigid water for climate change

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PORTLAND (AP) — More than 100 people are ready to plunge into frigid Maine waters to raise money and awareness about global climate change.

The frozen finale of the Natural Resources Council of Maine’s Polar Bear Plunge and 5k Race is set to take place at noon Wednesday at Portland’s East End Beach. The event was preceded by a fundraising drive. The organization says money raised from the event will be used for its campaigns about “energy efficiency, clean air, and renewable energy sources.”

The council says 161 people have signed up to take the plunge and they range in age from 10 to 71.

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