In the true spirit of Earth Day, some of our favorite U.S. Olympic skiers and snowboarders took some environmental action.
Bode Miller, Julia Mancuso, Ted Ligety and Hannah Kearney were amongst the Vancouver athletes to issue a letter to the U.S. Senate, urging them to tackle the growing issue of climate change. They addressed the impact the changing climate is having on the ski and snowboard industry. In the letter, they ask for swift action in passing comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation by the end of this year.
The letter explains: “Firsthand, we are seeing shorter seasons, declining snowpack and earlier snowmelt. At stake is more than the future of skiing. Many communities across the country depend on winter sports and related tourism to support their local economies. Furthermore, the water supplies of millions of Americans depend on snowpacks. Climate change impacts on snow therefore threaten not just winter recreational activities, but the economic well-being of many Americans.”
Last year, the House of Representatives passed legislation, now it’s the Senate’s turn. A bipartisan group of Senators including John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) are expected to introduce a compromise bill next week.