As a professional snowboarder, I’ve traveled to some of the most remote and stunning mountains in the world. But I’ve chosen to call the Sierra Nevada region home. There’s nothing like it on this earth. From Sacramento to Nevada County, it’s a wilderness that people travel across the world to see. Whether it’s Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, or the Sequoia National Forest, these places capture the hearts of all who pass through.
Over the last few years, this place has come under threat from climate change. Record-breaking wildfires have burned hundreds of thousands of acres across the state. Six out of ten Californians are currently affected by drought with millions more living in abnormally dry areas. And – closest to my heart – the snowpack is disappearing. It’s not supposed to be like this. And it doesn’t have to be.