Each fall, we patiently wait for those big white flakes to start falling from the sky and stack up enough for the lifts to start turning. It’s a livelihood we’ve embraced for decades and a very important piece of the ski puzzle. But there’s a threat to this thing called skiing that we love and honor so much, and it’s called climate change.
According to the Protect Our Winters (POW) website, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are far above historical levels which means temperatures are on the rise too. They note that the northern hemisphere has lost a million square miles of spring snowpack since 1970 and that some of your favorite mountains are on track to lose most (or all) of their snowpack by the end of this century (read their full roundup of climate science and solutions here). It’s time to step up and fight for the activities we love, before they are lost forever. Luckily, POW makes it easy for people to get involved with the fight against climate change. We recently caught up with the incredibly knowledgeable Lindsay Bourgoine, POW’s Advocacy and Campaigns Manager, to get the lowdown on taking action.
POW’s initial response to the outdoor community’s desire to get involved was the POW Seven Pledge, which outlines easy steps to start taking effective actions. They then created the Climate Activist’s Roadmap which dives deeper into the seven ways to start making a difference. When we asked Lindsey what the single most powerful thing individuals can do is, she told us, “Get political.”