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By Globe Staff
It was a great day for a swim. Not! But that didn't deter Monica Brookman (foreground) and Gretchen Wagner (right), members of the Boston City Swimmers from the Central YMCA.
They were among about 60 people who took to the water at Walden Pond as part of a Polar Bear Plunge event in order to bring awareness to the global warming issue.
The message of the event was: "Keep Winter Cold! Fight Global Warming Now."
Last year, a similar frosty dip at Henry David Thoreau’s historic spot in Concord produced worldwide coverage in the fight against global warming, said Roger Shamel, president of the Lexington-based group Global Warming Education Network, which sponsored the event.
Each swimmer was asked to bring two friends for a support team. And a swimsuit, of course (organizers were not taking Thoreau's "simplify, simplify'' theme to its bare extreme).
After the plunge, the shivering splashers shared a celebratory cup of hot chocolate. The event was part of the National Polar Bear Plunge, timed to coincide with the United Nations Climate Talks under way now in Poland.
For more information, go to www.gwenet.org or www.keepwintercold.org.
Readers, did you make your way to Walden Pond for Saturday's event? Actually break the water and get wet, ahead of Sunday's snowfall? Let us know about it.