PLANETSKI GOES GREEN
20th September 2019 | James Cove, PlanetSKI Editor
Last modified on December 31st, 2019
Climate Action Week is underway. We have a series of special reports on how the mountain environment is changing and what can be done about it.
There is no question that temperatures are rising, causing glaciers to melt and lower resorts generally to have less snow.
Some go as far to predict the long-term viability of skiing is under threat except in the high-altitude resorts.
Undoubtedly it is the biggest challenge facing the global snowsports community.
Some place the blame on mankind and its dependence on fossil fuels and the pollution of the planet.
Others claim it is just the long-term climate change that has affected the Earth over millions of years.
They cite man’s contribution as negligible.
What is not in doubt is that climate change is real and it is happening.
The Climate Action Week runs from Friday 20th September.
People are being urged to walk out of work or school or leave their homes to demand an end to the age of fossil fuels.
We have already reported on PlanetSKI that Burton is closing its stores for normal business and putting itself at the forefront of the movement:
“The world as we know it is facing a global climate crisis, and we all need to start acting like it,” Burton says on its website.
The brand’s stores and offices across Europe, North America, Japan and Australia are taking part.
Some will closed for business last Friday: the rest will do so on Sunday 27th.
Other activiites are taking place across the mountains and we are reporting on them.
Patagonia has posted the following on Instagram.
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In a new report posted today we look at what is being done in the Savoie Mt Blanc area of France.
Savoie Mt Blanc covers two thirds of the skiing area in the French Alps and comprises 116 resorts.
Its initaitives will have an impact and other ski areas are watching closely and may follow suit.
Earlier this week we heard that the Canadian ski resort of Lake Louise may have to reduce its leased ski area by up to 30%.
Parks Canada is looking greater protection for its mountain environment and national parks.
Train travel is one way people can make an individual choice to bring down their personal carbon footprint.
We are reporting on a new train route to the Alps this week.
Over the summer we reported numerous times on the impact of higher than usual summer temperatures across the mountains.
It caused summer ski areas to close early with mountains shrinking and crumbling:
So, what can we all as individuals do about it?
Our view at PlanetSKI is a simple one.
At a basic level do as much as you can on an individual level.
Skiing and snowboarding is not environmentally friendly.
Getting to a ski resort usually involves flying – perhaps try to take the train or drive (with a full car).
Maybe offset the carbon cost of your flight.
Do you really need to keep buying more clothes and equipment?
Your ski gear may be a few seasons old but how many weeks have you actually used it for?
If you do renew then chose an ethical brand or company.
Ask your tour operator what they are doing for the environment.
Some are making changes next winter.
Le Ski is launching a number of green initiatives such as banning cling film, minimising single use plastic and giving repeat guests metal water bottles to reduce plastic bottles use.
Others are drawing up plans and taking the matter seriously.
Try to recycle as much as you can.
Skiing and snowboarding is not environmentally friendly but we can do as much as possible to reduce our impact.
Here at PlanetSKI we are drawing up our own initiatives for next winter.
These include taking the train to the Alps where possible, offsetting the carbon cost of our flights and doing whatever we can, little or small, to help.
We will also be promoting green initiatives and companies that go the extra mile.
We have reported much on the snowsports environmental group, Protect Our Winters over the past few years.
We will be continuing to do so.
We owe it to the future generations who wish to partake in the sport we all love.
In the meantime check out all the environmental stories on the PlanetSKI home page today as Climate Action Week starts.