Snowboarder Jeremy Jones in Washington D.C. to debate climate change

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 2, 2010 1:58 pm

Eight-time Big Mountain Snowboarder of the Year Jeremy Jones has tackled mountains around the world but this time he charged a different sort of ‘fight.’ It was the ‘good fight,’ as always, but Jones traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with Cap Hill lawmakers about the effects of climate change on snow.

Jones represented Protect Our Winters (POW), an environmental non-profit he founded in 2007 and was joined by winter-sports filmmakers and industry folks including Chris Steinkamp, Executive Director of POW, Steve Jones, Founder of Teton Gravity Research (TGR), Elysa Hammond, Director of Environmental Stewardship of Clif Bar and Elizabeth Burakowski, PhD student in Earth Science, Complex Systems Research Center at the University of New Hampshire.

The group put together a proactive agenda which included a screening of Generations, a notable short about climate change released in Fall, 2009 by TGR and Protect Our Winters—with sponsorship from The North Face. After the screening, Jeremy Jones, Steve Jones, Hammond and Steinkamp hosted a Q&A about their first-hand experiences with climate change and its negative impact on winter conditions. The coalition also met with key lawmakers including Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO), Representative Peter Welch (D-VT), Congressman Jay Inslee (D-WA), senior energy and environment staff for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) and Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) to hammer home the importance of climate-change attention.

“When we started production of ‘Generations’ with The North Face over a year ago, the goal was to communicate the climate change we all see every day, to as many people as possible. Being here on Capitol Hill a year later, talking with the individuals who are literally deciding how climate change will effect us for generations is one of the most important things I’ve ever done,” Jeremy Jones said.

Apparently, the Capitol Hill appearance had a strong effect—especially on the powers-that-be. “While the loss of skiing isn’t the worst consequence of climate change, these individuals show us how we all stand to be personally affected by this global problem,” Congressman Polis said. 


photo: POW