Auden Schendler, VP of Sustainability at Aspen Skiing Co., speaksat the 350.org "Connect The Dots" event.
Aspen/Snowmass, Colo. – Sustainability leaders, passionate locals and families gathered at the base of Aspen Mountain May 5 for “Climate Impacts Day,” an international event organized by 305.org urging citizens to “connect the dots” between climate change and extreme weather events.
The Aspen event was the main Colorado event for 350.org and featured speeches from the likes of Auden Schendler, VP of Sustainability for Aspen Skiing Company; Mick Ireland, the Mayor of Aspen; 11-year-old Xiuhtezcatl Martinez of the Earth Guardians out of Boulder, Colo. and more.
The day featured an art project, live music, a civil on-hill protest to symbolize snow and also featured a snowless ski race to demonstrate what skiing could become someday if our society doesn’t take action to reverse global warning.
At an estimated 1,000 events in over 100 countries around the world, people joined 350.org this weekend for the first ever Climate Impacts Day, a global event designed to “connect the dots” between climate impacts, such as extreme weather events, and the broader climate crisis. To see all of the photos from around the world visit: http://www.climatedots.org.
Schendler, VP of Sustainability, Aspen Skiing Company summarized the day, asking skiers and snowboarders to take action.
“So if there’s one thing you can do, you need to become a civic actor. One way you can do that is take the Protect Our Winters PowSeven pledge. Take that pledge and do what it says, don’t just sign it.”
Take the pledge at www.protectourwinters.org/get-involved.
Beyond reducing its own carbon footprint, Aspen Skiing Company has been lobbying for years now to create policy mechanisms to both address climate change and its own impacts. A carbon tax would for example, make it easier for the airline industry and the ski business to cost effectively implementing climate saving measures.
For more information on Aspen Skiing Company, visit the company’s website at www.aspensnowmass.com.