It’s no secret that the polar ice caps are getting a bit slushy and legendary powder skiing is becoming exactly that—a legend. So if you want to own that ski chalet of your dreams—and not, say, ocean-front property—then you might want to check out the latest from one of our favorite snow-loving organizations.
Protect Our Winters (POW), a non-profit dedicated to teaching the outdoor sports community how to be effective climate change advocates, is now taking it one step further. With upcoming congressional elections in mind, POW has launched a sister-organization this year—the Protect Our Winters Action Fund—which will focus their resources on raising awareness at the polls. They aim to educate local outdoor enthusiasts and professionals on climate change legislation so they can speak knowledgeably and confidently on this issue in the political arena. The POW Action Fund will direct their efforts in the 2018 congressional elections towards states with large outdoor communities: California, Colorado, Nevada and Montana.
“There are millions of us in the outdoor community and we’ve never been so fired up and ready to get to work,” says Jeremy Jones, Chair of the POW Action Fund and professional snowboarder. “With the POW Action Fund, we can funnel this vibrant energy and shared love of the outdoors into real action on climate change.”
According to the 2018 Outdoor Participation report, nearly half of the population of the United States participated in an outdoor activity last year. Mario Molina, the Executive Director of the POW Action Fund, knows this is a massive portion of the voting bloc. “Active, adventurous people know how to set goals and have the stamina to take on big challenges,” he says. “With the POW Action Fund, we will be turning their passion into action with practical ways to get involved and truly make a difference on climate policy.”
This October, the POW Action Fund will distribute voting guides that will identify climate-friendly candidates in gubernatorial and congressional races in 35 states. Their voting guide will also be downloadable, so you won’t miss out on any information no matter where you are. Essentially, they’re doing the homework so the outdoor community can focus on hitting the (congressional) trail.