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In response to the administration’s announcement that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement, Aspen Skiing Company and Vail Resorts have joined over 1,200 other businesses, states, politicians, and universities in signing the open letter, “We Are Still In.”
The letter, available here, is a declaration to “continue to support climate action to meet the Paris Agreement.”
Signers of the letter are pledging to remain engaged with the international community to keep global warming below 2 degrees C, as well as accelerate the transition to a clean-energy economy.
In recent years, the ski industry has become much more active in mobilizing to address climate change, with resorts that typically fight over market share joining a common cause. That’s the case with Vail and Aspen, for instance, whose old-school rivalry was recently reignited by their acquisition of resorts, as both expand their portfolios.
Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz said in a statement that “Vail Resorts will redouble our efforts to find significant ways to minimize our carbon footprint through reducing our energy use to help address one of the most serious challenges facing our worldwide community.”
According to Aspen’s vice president of sustainability Auden Schendler, Aspen Skiing Company isn’t just opposing the withdrawal from Paris, “we’re going to fight it to the ground, and we’re going to implement the Paris accords ourselves in our business.”