For Immediate Release:
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Historic agreement great news for the future of mountains, snow, and the planet
Paris, France – Today, world leaders have accepted a final agreement to limit climate change to 1.5 degrees Celsius, a level scientists say is critical to avoid the worst impacts of climate change such such as the end of healthy snowpack and ice cycles – a death sentence for cold, frontline communities. Snowriders International director Philip Huffeldt issued the following statement applauding the historic agreement:
“The end of a healthy snowpack, the end of ice, the end of healthy mountains is a real possibility unless we act boldly and swiftly to cut global warming pollution and transition to 100 percent clean energy. That’s why this climate deal is amazing news for mountain communities, Arctic communities, public health, and the planet.
“Snow and mountain communities understand what’s at stake better than most as much is already melting away. We’ve seen an avalanche of support from snow and mountain communities worldwide for a strong Paris agreement, while professional athletes, businesses, ski areas, governments, organizations and citizens from across the U.S. are standing behind the Clean Power Plan, the largest step our country has ever taken to act on climate.
“This landmark agreement gives me hope that we’ll be able to pass on a safer climate to our children and grandchildren, and that they’ll know what it means to enjoy the wonder and beauty of snow."
To learn more and take action, visit Snowriders International’s website www.snowridersinternational.org.
Snowriders International is an organization of skiers, boarders, and mountain recreation enthusiasts. We are dedicated to the promotion of winter sports and protection of the environment across the globe through service, education, research, and advocacy.
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