October 2, 2013
Seeing climate change alter the winter they love and depend on for their livelihoods, a high profile delegation of top winter sports athletes and outdoor leaders traveled to Washington this week to show support for President Obama’s climate action plan. Despite the government shutdown, a large group of lawmakers made it a priority to meet with the group and discuss this pressing issue.
The delegation was led by Protect Our Winters, which engages the winter sports community in the fight against climate change. The delegation included a mix of business leaders and Olympians, including mountaineer and The North Face leader, Conrad Anker; Donna Carpenter, President of Burton Snowboards; and Gretchen Bleiler, Olympic Silver medalist and professional snowboarder.
This the first time that such a diverse and influential group from snow sports has spent time in Washington to call for action against climate change. “We’re truly honored that these individuals made it a priority to travel to Washington. Having caliber of athletes, brands and resorts working together, calling for meaningful action against climate change is going to make a difference,” said POW’s Executive Director Chris Steinkamp.