Last summer we’ve been really busy with setting up Protect Our Winters Netherlands. Over the last couple of years the effects of climate change in the mountains became more and more clear. Shorter seasons, more violent storms and receding glaciers. In the last 100 years the temperature in the Alps rose twice as fast as in the rest of the world. It’s time for action!
Protect our Winters Netherlands turns passionate outdoor people into effective climate advocates.
By 2007, pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones found that more and more resorts he’d always counted on for good riding were closed due to lack of snow. Something was clearly going on, and he felt the need to act. But he couldn’t find any organisations focused on mobilising the snowsports community on climate—there was a gap between the impacts that climate change was already having on our mountains, and any organised action being taken to address it. And so Jeremy founded Protect Our Winters. Since October 2018 Protect Our Winters (POW) also has a dutch delegation.
POW Netherlands isn’t just creating awareness for climate change among winter enthusiasts (ice skaters, skiers, snowboarders, , alpinists, snowshoe hikers and cross country skiers), but will also take action from this community and take steps in the right direction. You can think about lobbying for the right energy suppliers for indoor ski slopes and ice skating rings, a better connection for public transport to popular travel destinations (like the Alps) and spreading important knowledge, through presentations, meetings and campaigns together with influential organisations. We’re making #onefootprintless. What about you?
Together we can reduce our ecological footprint. Every step, big or small, is one in the right direction. POW is serious concerning climate change. And with POW we mean you and me. The winter belongs to all of us, so let’s take our responsibility to stand up to climate change. Put one step forward, #onefootprintless.
Now, we can still decide on our future, instead of just managing the consequences. If we don’t take action in the upcoming years, the consequences will grow in to worldwide problems that we can’t solve anymore.
More information: www.protectourwinters.nl