Protect Our Winters, an environmental group dedicated to reversing the effects of global warming through the involvement of the snow sports community, was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Alaskan Conservation Foundation this week. The funds will be used to support the group’s efforts to raise awareness and take action against coal fired power plants near ski communities throughout the U.S
In a joint effort with the Sierra Club, POW representatives will have a presence at high profile winter sports events to jump start the winter sports community and potential activists for the ongoing “Coal Kills Snow” campaign. The campaign will continue throughout the winter/spring, culminating with multi-state days of action at ski resorts to mobilize and engage individuals that have taken action throughout the ski season.
The Coal Kills Snow campaign was originally formed in 2009 to fight the proposed construction of a coal strip mine near Chuitna, Alaska, 45 miles southwest of Anchorage. When burned, the coal extracted from the mine would emit over 54 billion pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere.
The campaign is a coalition between The Sierra Club, Protect Our Winters, Earthworks, The Cook Inletkeeper and the Chuitna Citizen’s Coalition.