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Several of of the most well known, well respected individuals in the ski and snowboard world will be in Washington this week, speaking on behalf of not only their constituents, but the planet. Congress is very used to being influenced by lobbyists, however, more often than not the reasons are not for something that would be helpful to people and the planet.
One of the most environmentally progressive ski resorts in the world is Aspen. Aspen Skiing Company’s VP is Auden Schendler. He is heading to Washington along with Olympic snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler, highly respected ski mountaineer Chris Davenport, and snowboarding master Jeremy Jones.
Beyond being well known in the ski and snowboard role for his unreal abilities in the mountains, Jones has also been making things happen through the group Protect Our Winters, better known as P.O.W. on behalf of climate change activism. These individuals are heading to Washington to testify on several issues including but not limited to carbon emissions, and other means that promote climate change.
From the ski and snowboard industry perspective, Auden has continuously argued that erratic weather patterns, that include the possibility for shorter winters, rain in the spring instead of snow, and an overall lighter snowpack are beyond a call to action for conscious snow lovers. He’s also argued that climate change has not only been a wake-up call for the ski and snowboard industries, but fear about the viability of other big industries in the U.S. have not been discussed and analyzed as well as they should.
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So what do you all think?
Should we all do whatever we can to help curb impacts of global climate change?
Do you think this is all a bunch of “green” propaganda?
Could you care less?
Will there be less powder to ski/ride in our lifetimes?
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