Saturday, November 26, 2016

POW - Protect Our Winters


Protect Our Winters (POW) unites and mobilizes the snow sports community against climate change. POW focuses on youth education, climate advocacy and community activism. Climate Change continues to be one of our generation's most pressing issues. A-Basin is proud to be a partner with POW and support their mission. Our new uniforms sport the POW logo. To learn more about POW and A-Basin's sustainability efforts go to www.arapahoebasin.com/sustainability and www.protectourwinters.org. GET INVOLVED.



22 comments:

Anonymous said...

The climate is always changing. Did humans cause the Ice Age? Did humans cause the glaciers to melt that covered a significant part of N. America? Did the lush areas of the world that became deserts become so because of human actions? Silly humans to think you are so powerful that you can affect climate change in any significant way.

Anonymous said...

In response to the previous comment: of course the Earth's climate has varied over time for many reasons, some related to human activity and others not. However, there is a nearly universal consensus among scientists who have thought carefully about the question that the current warming trend is caused by emission of greenhouse gases from human activities. Please see http://climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus/ for references. If you would like to read a religious perspective on climate change, I would also suggest the recent encyclical of Pope Francis: http://www.catholicclimatecovenant.org/encyclical .

Matthew Clemons said...
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Anonymous said...

Despite the contentious nature of the debate, one thing is certain. Wearing the logo will definitely help curtail climate change.

Anonymous said...

OHHHH definitely, the LOGO will make HUGE difference...
We can certainly be aware of our planet and environment and make things better, BUT lets be realistic concerning global warming, oh no... I mean "climate change", we had to change the term because it certainly doesn't help when we have cold, snowy winters...

Fact: 1) We, humans, are soo arrogant and believe we know it all and the reality is we don't know s...t
2) we only have been recording the weather and temps for 160 yrs or so, so how can you correlate a minimal rise in temperature with the cause being human kind.
This is probably a normal pattern.
3) I bet we would not hear anything form the Alarmist and hypocrits if the temps were dropping some, ever heard of an IceAge?
4) The same hypocrits preaching to US about climate change are the same people responsible for more carbon emmissions then the average human being, their multiple fancy vacation homes, flying around the globe on their private jets "lecturing" us little people about what we should and shouldn't do!
Look at the biggest hypocrit of all, Al Gore, he made hundreds of millions of dollars and is absolutely filthy rich of this scheme. Do YOU really believe he gives a crap about the planet? If so, then YOU must wake up and quit drinking the political Cool-Aid.
Politics, Pwer, and $$$ make the world go round, that's the SAD TRUTH of what's going on.
Its unfortunate that half of this great country's population is too ignorant, dumb, and pathetic to handle any truth and reality.

Anonymous said...

Al, I have known you for a long time and you have always had my respect, but clearly the Chronic Hypoxemia has affected you to support this "POW" cause in which there is so much discrepancy on both sides of the issues.
There is lots of data and science supporting and debunking the Global warming debate.
Morally we can do a lot of things to make our planet better and healthier, and we should do so, but drawing broad conclusions from minimal data is not wise and unfortunately this issue is totally driven by political powers and money...

Anonymous said...

Touchy subject. What is wrong with Abasin supporting a cause that not only helps current employees but the future generations after them? Abasin works very hard at their efforts to produce less waste and I commend them for doing that. What other ski area recycles, composts, reuses oil to heat buildings, recycles glass, and encourages it's employees to do the same at their homes? So if global warming ends up not being real, people above, then thank Abasin for producing less waste that goes to your local landfill, and the compost you receive in the summer to make your beautiful flowers grow! POW Arapahoe Basin!

iRIDE said...

Silly to think the deforestation of the entire planet has nothing to do with climate.

Anonymous said...

LOL. If you have the power to change the sun, I'm with you. Otherwise it is a political money grab. Too bad you are buying into it... Still like your skiing though and these things will come back around in time. They always have.

Seth Foster said...

You POW folks don't get it. If course there is climate change, global taxation is not the answer. When scientists and Government get into bed together, it seems like the only science going on is math in bank accounts.

Anonymous said...

If you want to lose all faith in humanity, just read the comments section of any article mentioning climate change. Only the rise of Post-Truth America could engender the denial of what should seem obvious: pollution is bad. Good for A-Basin for at least trying to do something about this problem.

Anonymous said...

Hey 8:59, your assuming pollution is involved in the mysterious changes we don't fully understand is a bit over reaching. The world is pretty large and bigger things are affecting the climate than man. We give man too much credit. Sure I don't want pollution, but man is too quick to blame events pollution. You need to look at the Sun, but not directly. There, I believe is where "climate change" is coming. The Sun has cycles and those cycles affect the Earth.

Messenger said...

Interesting how all the deniers post as Anonymous.

Mark Matis said...

More interesting how all the AGW cranks post under pseudonyms.

Garrett Larson said...

Keeping a short comment, I would advise people who use politically loaded words like alarmist on here to really question whether or not risking being wrong is worth it.

We haven't seen a period of time with increased temperatures building consistently on each other like this. We haven't seen a period of time with the extinction rate of animal species like this.

This is a bipartisan problem; and more importantly a global humanity problem, and I fall on the side of believing it's not worth ignoring.


We've trusted science and progress with every aspect of our lives, going to the moon, transporting us to and from the mountains, stopping the ozone hole, getting drinking water to our houses, letting us communicate like this, and getting us up Arapahoe Basin's peaks on wind-offset lifts without dying. Yet when it comes to this, we're one of the only countries that is still fighting.

There is this argument in some crowds that we would be arrogant to think we could influence the climate. We can literally see the pollution in cities like Beijing, Salt Lake City, and if you take a peak at google maps, you can see the massive deforestation of the Amazon. Perhaps it is arrogant to think that we are so insignificant that we cannot influence our environment in negative ways.
http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/earth_temperature_timeline.png

Anonymous said...

Glad to see the one denier left out there is making his/her voice heard where it really matters...the internet. I hear there's some great fake news on Facebook you could cite for your next well-informed rant.

Anonymous said...

GL said, "We haven't seen a period of time with increased temperatures building consistently on each other like this. We haven't seen a period of time with the extinction rate of animal species like this." RAA replies, WHAT? Temperature building? Animal species extinction rate? Really how old are you? Put the cool aid down. Are you saying Carbon Dioxide is a pollutant? If true, than who is going to start killing off people in the name of saving the world? Are you flying a United Nations flag? Later...

Anonymous said...

Dear friends who deny climate change. The same science that is enabling you to make comments via a computer or mobile device is the same science proving climate change is caused by human activity. So if you wish to excuse yourself from believing in the latte, please do us a favor and stop using your computers and mobile devices as well. Then we'll all get along just fine.

Thomas said...

No climate scientists dispute the long history of drastic climate changes in our past. In fact paleoclimatology is one of the very first classes you have to take in any sort of environmental science program. Having studied that really puts today's climate trends into perspective -- due in particular to a slight decline in current solar output -- we should actually be COOLING naturally right now. The fact that we aren't cooling at all, and our satellites can detect the radiative footprint of CO2 in earth's outgoing longwave radiation, we know something is trapping a bunch of heat in the atmosphere and creating an energy imbalance where more is going in than coming out.

Forget the models for now. We have some very simple factors that must be explained, and there is currently only one theory that succinctly explains why so many various changes are occurring.

- For some reason, there is an imbalance outgoing longwave radiation. The footprint of this outgoing radiation is consistent with the CO2 molecule's signature.

- The temperatures are warming in the troposphere while the temperature is decreasing in the stratosphere, which is inconsistent with what is expected of normal solar-driven warming. Something is trapping the extra heat in the lowest layer of the atmosphere.

- The temperatures at night, in particular, are much warmer than the past. There is something that is absorbing heat and radiating it through the night. This is inconsistent with what would happen if solar radiation was increasing.

- The ocean heat content is increasing dramatically.

- Areas at extreme latitudes are heating inconsistently (much faster) than what would be caused just by solar radiation. Something is distributing heat across the atmosphere.

Before further phenomena can be considered these fundamental climate physics issues MUST be addressed. There is currently only one strongly-supported theory that effectively explains why all of these basic changes are occurring. Other theories can explain some of the basic changes but not others. A basic principle of science is that the simplest theory which most effectively explains all factors should be considered the most viable explanation until an even more effective theory can supplant that.

I have yet to hear a compelling argument that adequately explains any of those basic factors, besides one, which is the longstanding and well-tested principle that CO2 is effective at absorbing heat and that we have greatly increased its concentration in the atmosphere.

RaflW said...

I've been a skier for 45 years (well, really a snowboarder for most of the past 21 years...), and a frequent visitor to A-Basin.

There have been plenty of negative comments here on the POW membership, but add me to the ranks of supporters! If we want to enjoy a snow sports industry in 20 or 40 years, we need to be serious about science, research, and advocacy.

Clearly plenty of folks still do not understand what 95% of climate scientists agree on. A 95-5 ratio in the science community is NOT anything like the above comments about 'eh, it's undecided'. Sorry, that is just not factual.

To that end, I hope A-Basin will be in direct contact with Congress and the incoming president about the proposed elimination of MASA Earth Science funding. The winter sports industry will be at increased risk and uncertainty if the valuable satellite data and related research is gone.

Do you find OpenSnow useful? Do you want to know what the season might hold, or the trend for the next few years? We can't slash NASA/NOAA and go stumbling thru the future in the dark.

Anonymous said...

Control climate change?! Better chance of controlling the moon and sun. Politicians, scientists and many corporations fleecing the masses and lining their own pockets.

Messenger said...

You can lead a horse to water...