Olympians Encourage White House to Go Green

 

On April 9, 2013, 75 Winter Olympic medalists and other athletes sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to take steps toward battling climate change.  In their letter, athletes encouraged the president to take steps to curb carbon emissions from coal and reject the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. According to the athletes, a warming climate has put winter in jeopardy.

 “…With this lack of consistent snow, at risk are the economies of tourist-dependent states where winter tourism generates $12.2 billion in revenue annually, supports 212,000 jobs and $7 billion in salaries.  Those are the jobs and businesses owned by our friends and families, generators of billions in federal and state income.” (Read the full letter here

 

Pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones, pictured above, was one of 75 winter sports athletes who sent a letter to President Obama encouraging him to take action against climate change. Photo courtesy of POW

Pro athlete Jeremy Jones was nominated as a Champion of Change for taking a leadership role in the climate change arena. Jones is the founder of non-profit organization Protect Our Winters leading the athletes’ initiative. Jones along with other environmental activists are hopeful that the President will follow up on the vows made in his state of the union address regarding climate change, “If Congress won’t act to protect future generations, I will.”  

 

-Laila Gardezi, Compliance