(Above) Pro snowboarder and SPY athlete, David Carrier Porcheron, knows how to truly appreciate POW. Photo: Russel Dalby.
For the past three years, pro snowboarder and SPY athlete, David Carrier Porcheron (DCP), has been doing his part to fight climate change by planting trees in a deforested rainforest area in Costa Rica. To fund this effort, DCP has donated funds generated through his custom goggle line with long time sponsor, SPY.
This year, he decided to partner with Protect Our Winters (POW) – the global nonprofit organization fighting climate change on behalf of the winter sports community – to help amplify these efforts and involve others.
The funds are being invested with Community Carbon Trees, a thirteen-year-old Costa Rican reforestation project (www.communitycarbontrees-costarica.com). Since 2009, DCP and SPY have sponsored a total 291 native trees grown and managed on cattle farms owned by Costa Ricans. This year, 100 trees will be planted by DCP and his wife, Megan, on a trip to the deforested area this spring.
To further support this effort, POW is also donating 50% of the membership contributions they receive during Earth Week (April 23-29) to Community Carbon Trees.
“We’re honored that DCP and SPY have invited us to be part of this incredible and meaningful project,” said Chris Steinkamp, POW’s Executive Director. “Rainforest conservation is one of the most important things we can do to fight climate change, so we’re excited to make this an ongoing investment for POW.”
“I am pretty stoked SPY wants to be a part of this with me. And even more happy that I am able to give back to the Earth in a way like this, and hopefully I can inspire others to also get out there and do something”, said DCP.
Global forest loss contributes to between 12% and 15% of our total greenhouse gas emissions each year. To put that in perspective, trains, planes and automobiles combined contribute to about 13.5 % of all greenhouse gas emissions. Forests - tropical forests in particular – are sponges for carbon dioxide.
About Protect Our Winters: Protect Our Winters is the environmental center point of the winter sports community, united towards a common goal of reducing climate change’s effects on our sport and local mountain communities. With over 40,000 supporters worldwide, POW re-invests contributions in educational initiatives, activism and supporting community-based initiatives that have tangible results. For more information, visit protectourwinters.org.
About SPY: SPY is a unique collaboration of extraordinary athletes, designers, and creative people connected by a common obsession with action sports, music, technology, style, the world around us, and the facilitation of world-class performance and unbridled fun. We make incredible products that go on people’s faces, allowing them to see clearer, look cooler, perform better and be more comfortable while doing the things that make them feel most alive. Simply stated, SPY makes function-forward facewear for fast fashion freaks who give a funk about what they wear. Premium sunglasses, Rx glasses, snow and moto goggles… Candy colors, new stuff, old stuff – It’s all going to get your head spinning, your mouth watering, and your eyes seeing the world with a whole new reality. Just roll with it, it’s much easier that way.