Following the conversation amongst cold-weather athletes of late, more and more people are issuing “calls to arms” on environmental action. Jeremy Jones’ Protect Our Winters is leading the charge in the industry but many others have been making this topic front and center. The Inertia Mountain Contributing Editor Matthew Vanatta published a great piece a couple weeks back on infusing our community with a sense of political and social responsibility, and Gina McCarthy of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brought some of the best winter athletes in the game to Washington, D.C. for a round-table Twitter discussion last month, available to the public through the hashtag #athletesactonclimate.
When I arrived at college, I was a global warming skeptic. I just couldn’t fathom how little ol’ us could be so heavily influencing something as complex and immense as the Earth’s climate. After more than a few heated debates with my more enlightened peers, my interest was piqued — I declared Environmental Studies as my second major, nicely complementing my studies in Biology. Over the next few years, and since, I’ve done my best to objectively examine and understand what is happening on our planet, how we know this, and how we’re involved.