A freeskier and the Russians are calling on the world to save our snow

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 16, 2009 1:46 pm

More and more folks are calling on the world to take action and tackle the issue of climate change. As we’ve discussed previously, the warming of the Earth will have a direct and potentially disastrous affect on our snow culture. It goes way beyond affecting skiing and snowboarding. Snow and ice together provide almost half of the world’s drinking water and irrigation for food cultivation. That cannot be messed with.

The United Nation’s COP-15 is a climate change summit being held in Copenhagen, Denmark next month. 200 countries will partake, and some who are not directly participating are still making an impact.

One who is making an impact is World Champoin Extreme Freeskier Alison Gannett—she’s walking 200 miles to Copenhagen to be there in time for the talks. Apparently she’s walking to highlight the impact global warming is having on our snowpack, and her walking can be seen as a metaphor for taking a stand and calling others to action.

Additionally, for the first time, Russia is showing sympathy for the snow culture and is portraying an urgency to fight climate change as they never have before. President Dmitry Medvedev gave a stern warning today for what climate change could do to our planet. He said, “If we don’t take joint action, the consequences for the planet may be very distressing to the point that the Arctic and Antarctic ice can melt and change ocean levels. All of this will have catastrophic consequences.”

This act is significant for Russia because in the past, former President Vladimir Putin shrugged off warnings of climate change, joking that Russians would welcome warmer weather.

No more jokes. We shall see what the talks in Copenhagen bring.



photo of Alison Gannett courtesy of globalkinect.com