It’s been a big month of speaking up for the environment! It started off with POW’s #DropInAndVote campaign
Then I decided that one of my favorite Senator’s, climate champion Mark Udall, could use some support in Colorado. So I dropped everything and headed to CSU (where I was joined by one of my favorite POW rider’s alliance team members, Meg Olenick) and then the next day (election day) headed to CU and rallied college kids to get fired up and go vote for the things that matter to them….our environment, snow, winter, clean air and water, and preserving our Colorado lifestyle. In my experience, Mark Udall was the clear choice because of his support of clean energy, protecting and preserving our lands and always working towards solutions in our struggle with our changing climate. It was such a meaningful experience to be able to speak with Senator Udall and not only talk about why I supported him and his efforts over the past years
but also help spread the word about how important this election really was for our future and the future of our environment. Unfortunately and sadly Senator Udall did not win the election, and now we have also lost the Democratic majority in the Senate which means that a lot of our efforts around supporting the EPA in cutting carbon emissions may be lost and even reversed. Which is why NOW, I am leaving for Washington DC tomorrow with other bad ass members of Protect Our Winters (POW) to continue our climate change conversation, but this time with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy! We’ll be having a twitter chat on Tuesday at 10:15am ET so be sure to send all of your questions around snowboarding, the Olympics, climate change, what the EPA is planning to do to clean things up, how you can help, and anything else by tagging #AthletesActOnClimate on twitter by Monday afternoon. Let’s get talking!
After the chat we’ll then head to talk with more law makers and it even looks like we have a meeting with the new Senator of Colorado (Mark Udall’s opposition) Cory Gardner! So we’ll be making it abundantly clear to him (hopefully he’ll show up!) and his staff how much we care about our environment, how climate change is effecting our mountain economies and way of life and that we will be watching his votes and holding him accountable! Wish us luck!