Climate change in winter communities has officially been addressed in the White House with the help of snowboard legend, filmmaker and extreme environmental activist Jeremy Jones, who was recognized as a “Champion of Change” by President Barack Obama at the United States capital on Thursday.
As the founder of Protect Our Winters (POW), O’Neill team rider Jeremy Jones has represented the winter sports community concern for the future of climate change. Jones has advocated environmental awareness in all aspects including contributing to the design of his signature O’Neill jackets and pants, made from environmentally friendly materials which also help benefit POW with each sale.
“When Protect Our Winters was started, we wanted to get the organization in front of important lawmakers and influencers who had a real impact on change, so it’s great to see our message is getting through,” said Jones, according to an O’Neill article. “We’re glad that President Obama and other leaders are recognizing the real threat of climate change and bringing together other activists who are working to make a difference in their communities.”
Jeremy Jones is not a stranger to Washington D.C. In the fall of 2011, Jones brought his concerns of the impact of climate change on mountain communities to lawmakers in order to initiate a solution throughout the U.S. and his home town of Lake Tahoe.
Amongst 12 community leaders, businesses and citizens, Jeremy Jones and POW Executive Director, Chris Steinkamp, attended the reception the White House to be honored for their incredible efforts and innovative ideas. These individuals have exemplified their endeavors through preparing their community for the future of climate-related impacts.
With the Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley, President Barack Obama, and other officials, a grand ceremony was conducted for the ‘Champions of Change’ program, which was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. On a weekly basis, influential individuals have the privilege to receive recognition at the White House as a ‘Champion of Change’.