First off, who is POW? Protect Our Winters is a passionate crew of diehards,
professional athletes and industry brands mobilizing the outdoor sports community to lead the charge towards positive climate action.
This will be a very political post. Environmental change is a topic that should be addressed more often than it is. Especially in the presidential race: in the 180 minutes of debate between Trump and Clinton, climate change has had only a brief mention. Where are the two on the topic of the Clean Power Plan? I will be happy to inform you:
Trump: ” I propose a moratorium on new federal regulations that are not compelled by Congress or public safety, and I will eliminate all needless and job-killing now on the books – and there are plenty of them. This includes eliminating some of our most intrusive regulations, like the Waters of the U.S. rule. It also means scrapping the EPA’s so-called Clean Power Plan, which the government itself estimates will cost $7.2 billion a year. Environmental Protection, what they do is a disgrace. Every week they come out with new regulations. They’re making it impossible…We’ll be fine with the environment. We can leave a little bit, but you can’t destroy businesses.” Ok side note: in Trump’s interview on climate protection he mostly talks about cutting the Department of Education and the Common Core Standards.
Clinton: “I have been very clear that combating climate change is not only the right thing to do, in order to preserve our planet [and] to deal with the threats that it poses, but it can be a very smart economic approach as well. Why? In addition to defending President Obama’s historic gains that he’s made, starting with the Clean Power Plan, but others as well, we need a clear economic program that goes hand-in-hand with combating climate change … Building on the Clean Power Plan, I will launch a clean energy challenge to partner with states, cities, and rural America to accelerate clean energy deployment, building efficiency, and clean transportation.”
There is so much information out there to know about climate change. Climate change is REAL. I know many of you are outdoor enthusiasts, like I, and if you have eyes- you will have seen the impact that climate change has on our winters. Our winters are becoming shorter and shorter. The snow is melting way too fast. Many ski resorts close much earlier than recent years because they simply do not have enough snow. 2015 made a huge impact in the world of climate change. That is why 2016 is even more important. Read here:
“Thanks to years of hard work and commitment by advocates, citizens, and leaders, 2015 saw a tremendous shift in the battle for action on climate change. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the landmark Clean Power Plan to set the first-ever national limits on how much carbon pollution power plants can spew into the air. President Obama rejected the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, and a number of states enacted bold policies to boost renewable energy and limit dirty fuels. All this positioned the United States as a credible global leader on climate change and paved the way for a historic international climate agreement in Paris in December. For the first time, all countries have committed to limit emissions, wean the world economy off fossil fuels, and preserve a livable planet for future generations.”
Climate change does not only effect the mountains. Climate change effects the economy too. Look at major ski resorts like Aspen, Park City and Telluride. Their economies depend on the climate. No climate plausible for enjoying winter activities? No economy.
So why are we pushing for a revolutionary uproar for climate change? Because of the cost. Climate change causes some hefty millions of dollars to implement. According to the Denver Post: “The oil and gas lobby spent over $175 million last year – ExxonMobil spent $27.4 million alone, more than what the entire environmental lobby spends annually. What does this mean? It means that the environmental lobby spends a lot of money. A lot of money. And the government does not want to pay that money anymore. We have the power to change that, and make environmental changes a top priority again.
As many as half of the new congresspeople deny that climate change is real, fearful that they will lose the next election if they take a stand on the most vital issue of our generation, the most pressing crisis of our time.”
Unfortunately, our legislation is not taking strong enough action to save our environment. That is why POW focuses toward educating millennials on what they can do to make positive changes for our environment so that our kids, and their kids, will have snow to ski on, too. Join the 21 million environmental enthusiasts in standing up against the declining fight in climate change and start fighting for clean energy and a stable environment.
“Right now, we have the luxury of worrying about how climate change might impact the outdoor industry. Right now, we get to help dictate the outcome rather than react to a foregone conclusion. If we sit on our hands for the next two decades, we won’t be worried about powder days, tourism or having fun. We’ll be worried about the stability of our environment, our jobs and our economy.” -POW Website.
Winter is not just a season, you guys. Winter is a lifestyle. Everyone needs winter.
This is an important topic that needs more recognition than it is getting. Understand that without taking action now, there will be a time when the winter lifestyle is no more. So what can YOU do? You can actually do a lot:
- Vote. This November you have the power to vote for a change in climate activism. Inform and register yourself here.
- Pledge. I had someone ask me, “What will pledging do to change the environment?” When you pledge, that means you are taking steps to educating yourself, educating everyone around you, and making changes in your life that are more environmentally friendly. It also means you are joining the millions of winter sport enthusiasts battling changes to save our environment. Pledge here.
- Get Political. Yep, get political. Your state representatives need to know you are passionate about advocating for our environment. Their job is to listen to what we have to say- so say something. Email your state representatives. Tell them you support a clean energy legislation. Although the costs are high, our planet, our winters, and our lives are well worth it.
LET’S SEIZE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SHAPE THE FUTURE WE WANT TOWARDS CLEAN AIR, CLEAN ENERGY AND A STABLE CLIMATE. -POW Website.
Thank you so much!!!