Protect Our Winters: Hot Planet/Cool Athletes

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 5, 2013 11:48 am

While the new International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report confirmed recently that climate change is indisputable, it’s something that the winter sports community has been seeing first-hand for years.  Protect Our Winters re-launched their “Hot Planet/Cool Athletes” program this week to take that first hand perspective into the classroom to explain climate change from an engaging new perspective and to inspire and empower students to become involved.

Presented by The North Face, and in association with Clif Bar, Mountain Equipment Co-Op and Teton Gravity Research, the Hot Planet /Cool Athletes program has been presented to more than 20,000 students at 41 schools nationwide since 2011.  The new format for 2013 continues to educate students about climate change, combining engaging action sports footage and understandable climate science with first hand athlete’s perspectives and a call to action that truly breaks through to students and gives them the tools to be part of the solution.

Pro athletes such as Gretchen Bleiler, Jeremy Jones, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Ingrid Backstrom, Lucas Debari, Danny Davis and Angel Collinson are featured in the 25-minute video, with many others scheduled for in-person school appearances.

“Young people have the most to gain and the most to lose, by taking care of this earth and solving climate change right now,” The North Face skier and POW advocate Sage Cattabriga-Alosa said. “They should be empowered to take care of their environment and see that they can actually influence adults, their parents, and the people around them.”

The program kicked off this school semester and will continue throughout the school year in places such as Vancouver BC, Seattle, Santa Barbara, Burlington, Boise, Salt Lake City, Denver and many others.  To book a school assembly, please contact POW