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Become Part of the Solution

Become Part of the Solution

Climate change is a reality. But what can we do to stop it? We called on former vice president and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Al Gore for some input.
By Greg Ditrinco
posted: 07/15/2014
An Interview with Al Gore

What’s behind your recent push to involve skiers and boarders in your efforts?

Our ski seasons are getting shorter, and our Earth is getting warmer. We all need snow, but right now, snow needs us. Nobody sees and feels these impacts more than skiers and boarders. There were numerous international competitions that were canceled last year due to poor ski conditions—these aren’t random occurrences. We should be asking ourselves, what would we do when there’s no more snow, and what are we prepared to do to ensure that this scenario never becomes a reality?

What are a few facts that every skier and boarder should know about the current climate crisis? 

First, we know that climate change is happening, and we know that we have the solutions and the technology to solve climate change—but we’re running out of time before the trends become irreversible. The scientific consensus is overwhelming, and we’re starting to see firsthand the impacts in our daily lives. For skiers, this means shorter ski seasons and bad conditions.

My message to all skiers and boarders, and everyone who loves winter sports, is that your voice absolutely counts, and that if you want to save winter—and the winter sports you love—you need to get organized with your friends and join groups like I Am Pro Snow, and then tell your elected officials that you care about this issue and that you will hold them accountable if they don’t take action. We need people to begin connecting the dots between the snow conditions and climate change—and to recognize that it’s not too late to act. 

How about some good news? Is there any?

In this year’s feature film from Warren Miller Entertainment, Ticket to Ride (2013/14), The Climate Reality Project has a segment starring world champion Ted Ligety that was filmed in Greenland. This segment is entirely carbon offset, and I’m so pleased at how companies like Warren Miller Entertainment and so many others are learning their carbon footprint and taking steps to reduce their emissions. These companies deserve our support for taking such an important stand. Many other countries are taking bold steps to reduce global-warming pollution. Likewise, we’re seeing major cities in the U.S. and many states—including our most populous, California—acting on their own because they’ve grown tired of inaction on the federal level. But for me, the best news is that all the solutions to address the climate crisis exist now and are at our disposal—we simply need to exert pressure on businesses and our elected leaders to make the right choices.

Photo: Ralph Lee Hopkins/Lindblad Expeditions

Tell us about the Climate Reality Project and the I Am Pro Snow initiative.

The Climate Reality Project is dedicated to spreading the truth about climate change and empowering our leaders to solve the climate crisis. We are a global movement more than five million strong and a grassroots network of nearly 6,000 Climate Leaders trained from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

I Am Pro Snow is a campaign to build alliances with the winter-sports community and educate people about the impacts of our changing climate. Our goal is to unite people who love and depend on snow for recreation, for business, and for their quality of life.

Many people feel helpless to address a problem of this magnitude. How do you respond to them?

Nobody should feel helpless to act. There’s great strength in numbers. Join our I Am Pro Snow community at iamprosnow.org and learn more about how to get involved and make a difference.

reviews of Become Part of the Solution
Al Gore? Really? That guy's a goofball. I have an idea, make Ski Magazine just about skiing. Bob Alpine Meadows
Unsubscribe. Immediately. Please give me a vino ice to respond to this silliness. What happened last winter? Historical. Don't bring this silliness to a great sport.
Oh please. Maybe it's global warming that is bringing great ski conditions through all the rocky mountains, and the cascades. I am so tired of being manipulated by media and Algor. Powder magazine is maybe even worse with the global warming (or is it cooling) hangup.
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I am totally OK with private parties pushing for organizations to do thing they think are right, but Al Gore pushing for lawmakers to roll back the Industrial Revolution by forcing mandates on corporations and individuals does not qualify.
I started skiing in the '60 in the mountains of Pennsylvania. Back then, ski season started at Thanksgiving and ran until the end of March. Now ski season is often from mid-January to the end of February. The rest of the time it's too warm to make snow, and typically raining not snowing. I've driven through the mountains in the middle of February without seeing even a tiny patch of natural snow. That would never, ever happen back in the old days. The climate has most definitely changed and winters have gotten much warmer and shorter. An occasional nice snowy winter like the last one does not change the long term trend.
Shame on you for politicizing this magazine. This article is rubbish. Everyone is well aware not only of Al Gore's lack of scientific relevance, but his incredible hypocrisy. Those who are truly concerned about changes in weather patterns, should be paying attention to ALL the science, not discredited computer models that are not supported by the scientific community. While we acknowledge that changing snow conditions can definitely affect our business, and our enjoyment, the scientific community is at odds as to its true causes, i.e. not limited to carbon production. What will we say when it proves to be something other than carbon based change, and we focused only on what Al Gore and others who stand to profit fro 'green industries'. We need only look to the $$ wasted by the current administration in grants to 'green' energy companies that are now gone, disappeared with all those millions. Snowsports enthusiasts are down-to-earth people for the most part. We do not appreciate being spoon-fed propaganda, even if it is well meaning. Stop with your attempts at political influence. And if you MUST say something, for your sake do not invoke Al Gore's name. Talk about an inconvenient truth - he was wrong, and it's all recorded for generations to view.
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