Climate Disruption is possibly human kind's greatest modern challenge. In the 2007 IPCC report adopted by almost all countries around the world, including the US, scientists ALL agree that human-induced climate change and feedback loops will raise temperatures by 7-11 degrees. The OECD report in Europe demonstrates that with a mere 2-4 degree rise, almost half of Europe's ski areas will be without snow, while the CEO of Aspen Ski Area states that "even with moderate reductions (CO2 and energy use), skiing will be hampered if not perhaps gone by 2050."
As a World Champion Extreme Freeskier who adores snowsliding, Alison http://www.alisongannett.com has spent half her life dedicated to saving our snow for future generations to enjoy. Yet this really goes way beyond saving the sports we love for our kids, as snow and ice together provide almost half of the world's drinking water and irrigation for food cultivation. Saving our snow is about saving our lives and our planet. Around the world, Alison has documented staggering glacial recession on her crazy ski expeditions, and has seen first hand the devastation due to extreme weather of the lives of millions of people, animals and ecosystems.
Treaty Dates in Copenhagen - Dec 5-18th, 2009.
WHAT TO DO?
Alison has trained thousands of individuals, businesses and governments all over the world on solutions to climate change, including training Al Gore's Climate Project team. Besides her grassroots efforts, she has recently been working to train the US Congress, with US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Congressman Markey's Energy Congressional Independence and Global Warming Committee - on how to create a business plan for climate change legislation that is measurable and meaningful. All of the world's eyes are focused on what America will or will not do regarding action on this planet-changing issue. America can lead, creating energy independence, cost savings on energy, economic development, more green jobs and more economic security - all while saving money, our snow and our planet. Regardless if you even believe in climate change, Alison's four-step solutions program will show how to save money for your home, business or government. Alison will be presenting her solutions presentation and reaching out to the media to demonstrate that this is a win-win solution for all the world.
Alison will walk over 200 miles towards the century's most important climate agreement in Copenhagen, Denmark, United Nation's COP-15, which will hopefully replace the Kyoto Agreement. The talks will be attended by almost 200 countries, including Obama and his US climate contingent. She will join champion ocean rower Roz Savage htttp://www.rozsavage.com on her Big Ben to Brussels (BB2B) walk to raise citizen awareness and develop international media attention. She'll carry her skis on her back, bringing skiing and snow awareness into the urban landscape - from London to Brussels. We will walk about 20 miles a day from Nov 20th to Dec 5th, and then to meet the the United Nations Climate Express Train and Celebration which goes onto Copenhagen. I'll be walking the last bits to the ceremony with my skis taped to my feet to help raise awareness on the importance of saving our snow. The goal of this Save Our Snow Kickstarter project is to raise money to cover simple expenses such as lodging, transport, and food, so that the team can devote time to raising awareness, knowledge, and media attention to this historic treaty.
Around the world, over 200 countries attending the conference look to the United States for leadership. The United States is the ONLY developed nation not to sign onto the Kyoto Agreement. For the first time, Obama and his staff will be at the table. Yet, belief in human-induced climate change in the US has recently dropped from over 70% to 50%. With the most of the world charging forward, the US is stuck debating the science, while real scientists don't even consider there to be a debate to be discussed. Even if one doesn't believe in climate change, can't we all agree on energy independence, reduce energy bills for homes and businesses, creation of green jobs, and saving money on energy? Alison's goal is to bring awareness that solutions to climate change are not a political issue, but a human issue, AND that solutions to climate change can benefit everyone's bottom line, helping to save money while saving our planet.
As a world champion skier, founder of The Save Our Snow Foundation http://www.sosfound.org and award winning solutions consultant, Alison is used to cultivating the media's attention. Yet how can we bring this issue to become the center piece in US and international media? Do something weird and crazy of course, like walking 200 self-supported urban miles with her skis on your back . Roz and Alison will work with the United Nations, "Climate Heroes" program cultivating international media attention. Both athletes are just recently featured in the United Nation's backed book - "Champions of Change", with other famous athletes around the world. They will both use all their connections and sponsors to reach hundreds of thousands of people. They will also be followed by a documentary filmmaker to create a film about the project, to help spread the ripples of the message.
To my family and friends for bearing with me, and my great sponsors - http://www.Patagonia.com, http://www.head.com, http://www.OspreyPacks.com, htttp://www.Smartwool.com, http://www.keenfootwear.com, http://www.nemotents.com, and http://www.elementalherbs.com
- (29 days)