Lawmakers in our nation’s captial were visited by Protect Our Winters last Thursday. The group was there to provide their personal perspectives on the effect climate change has had on mountain sports, and included the likes of POW Founder Jeremy Jones, 2006 Olympic Silver Medalist Gretchen Bleiler, World Champion Freeskier Chris Davenport and Auden Schendler the VP of Sustainability for Aspen Skiing Company.
They also brought with them a sign-on letter to lawmakers’ offices urging memebers of Congress to protect the EPA’s ability to regulate carbon pollution. The letter, sent to the House and Senate, was signed by over 500 pro athletes, businesses and influential members of the industry.
“Winter, as we know it, is on borrowed time. In our work, we’ve witnessed first-hand climate impacts on our mountains, from reduced snowpack and melting glaciers to dying alpine forests and shorter winter seasons. There is no debate. Climate change is already happening and we’re seeing it every day.”
There have been recent efforts in Congress to stop the Enviromental Protection Agency from furrther reducing carbon dioxide pollution. POW believes that the snow sport industry and its $66 billion-a-year business operations would suffer severe damages if climate change is not actively addressed and curtailed. It is up to all snow sports enthusiasts to continue making their voices heard, time for rational decsions to be made if we are going to save our passion from becoming a memory.
“Protecting and preserving the job-creating benefits of Colorado winter sports means addressing climate change by allowing the EPA to move forward with sensible rules that limit emissions that cause global warming,” said Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo. “I congratulate the Protect Our Winters campaign for adding their voices to this important cause and for fighting to protect jobs in our mountain communities.”