Like Protect Our Winters, I Am Pro Snow is seeking to mobilise people in the snow sports community to be active in reducing climate change. It is an initiative of the Climate Reality Project. They have been represented at the recent climate change negotiations in Paris, and have a range of ‘snow ambassadors’ who advocate for action in various forums.
It does seem a bit fluffy – focusing on awareness raising rather than hard asks – and light on in terms of providing suggestions about tangible actions that people can take. But at this point we need all hands on deck when it comes to finding solutions to the merging climate crisis, so all power to them.
The following comes from I Am Pro Snow
We need snow. But right now, snow needs us.
Cold Hard Facts:
Winters are getting shorter and mountain snowpack is declining, both in the U.S. and around the world.
- The length of snow seasons in the Northern Hemisphere has dropped by 5.3 days per decade since the winter of 1972-73.
- Today, Colorado snow melts two weeks earlier each spring than in the 1970s.
- In the last 70 years, ski areas in the Swiss Alps have seen a 15-25 percent decrease in winter snow.
- Average snowpack in the Cascade Mountains has declined about 25 percent over the last 60 years.
December 13, 2015 at 10:20 pm
yes totally agree lucky to have lived all my life in the Snowy mountains my Dad installed the first lift at Thredbo back in the fifties.
We were a fortunate family to be living and growing up when skiing was pretty much in its infancy.
with 55 years on skies I can see the changes and not all for the best
the decision made today should have been made 10 years ago
but at least it has happened we should not complain .
we can look forward to change that we need .
December 30, 2015 at 11:38 pm
Excellent, we need to do all we can to raise the profile of climate needs.The more it gets out there then maybe more initiatives for change will come about. Sportsmen and women are great ambassadors for change. Lets get the word out there.