Drop In And Vote

There’s still time to hit the polls! (but time is running out to hit the slopes…)

While we all share one planet, we don’t all share the same reasons for protecting it. The most effective way, I’ve found, to get people to give a damn is to find a way to make issues personal, but in a positive way. Rather than preaching your own views and telling others what it is they are doing wrong and how they should make it right – according to you – why don’t you take the time to have a conversation, rather than serve a lecture, and find out what their interests, passions, and dreams are? Whether or not they realize it, the things in this life that bring them happiness, no matter what that may mean, wouldn’t exist without a functioning, sustainable environment.

One example is winter sports. I definitely enjoy taking skiing trips with friends and family every winter. In fact I grew up around the sport, have friends who work on mountains year round, and even know some professionals. Yes, it is a privileged activity, and a ski resort isn’t exactly what you first picture when you think of the start of an environmental movement. But at its core, skiing is great exercise and a way to connect with and appreciate the outdoors.

For some skiers and snowboarders, the mountain is everything; it’s where they are at their happiest and it is also their paycheck. But guess what? The snow is disappearing. Because of the current rate of climate change, the winters are shorter and consequently the sport season as well. Professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones realized how significant the drop was, and how it was effecting his community. So in 2007 Jones started Protect Ours Winters (POW), urging others in the snow sport world and beyond to take notice of the drastic change in the natural world around us and make every effort to reverse the effects.

We represent the global snow sports community – there are 23 million of us in the US alone. Snow-based recreation in the United States is estimated to contribute $67 billion annually to the US economy and supports over 900,000 jobs.” – POW

Midterm elections are today. Every state, every county has at least one representative running for office who has vowed to make serious and immediate changes to the way climate change is viewed and dealt with. Without these leaders in charge, who knows what our future will hold; surely “environment” will continue to be viewed as a “subject” and take a backseat as just another “issue.”

Jeremy Jones and others who are involved with POW have witnessed climate change directly impacting their lives and use this to justify their selections on the ballot.

It doesn’t matter what your motivation is; as long as you recognize that our world is in a fragile state and that EVERY “political” issue is not only tied to sustaining but rehabilitating what’s left of our shared environment, that’s all the reason you need. So whether you are backing POW or another movement to protect our environment, do your part today by voting for someone who will help bring your goals to fruition.


Allison Beauregard

Allison is a New York City based writer with a focus on sustainability. Her work demonstrates how it is possible to have the “things” that make us happy without compromising the resources that provide these goods. With this vision, Allison sees a future where environmental degradation is reversed and the quality of human life is equally distributed. She is the Category Editor of The Franklin Report and was among the top 5 contributors for Elephant Journal in October 2014.

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