Outdoor and Snowsports Industries Tell Congress It Is Time for Climate Action
Outdoor and Snowsports Industries urge Congress to put partisanship aside and work together to address the impacts of climate change on our industry, environment and world
This week, Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) and Snowsports Industries America (SIA) came together in Washington, D.C., to participate in the first-ever climate-focused roundtable held by the U.S. House of Representatives Ski and Snowboard Caucus. The roundtable was hosted by Representative Kuster (D-NH02) and Representative Tipton (R-CO03). The three influential groups used the opportunity to discuss the impacts of climate change on the outdoor industry and what companies and resorts are doing to develop innovative climate solutions within their supply chains. We also highlighted the need for large-scale government action to truly address climate change, focusing on the need for renewable energy and putting a price on carbon.
In addition to the roundtable, we also met with Senators Coons (D-DE), Braun (R-IN), Romney (R-UT) and Gardner (R-CO) on the importance of developing bipartisan climate legislation and to highlight the impacts of climate change on the outdoor industry. The senators expressed a personal connection to the industry and spoke about their commitment to work with us to develop innovative and impactful policy solutions on climate.
Outdoor and Snowsports Ongoing Climate Partnership
Earlier this year, OIA, SIA and NSAA came together to form the Outdoor Business Climate Partnership (OBCP) with the goal of unifying the outdoor business association voice around educating our elected leaders on the real and harmful impacts of climate change on our businesses. We also are using our unified voice to support climate policies such as putting a price on carbon, transitioning to a clean energy economy and utilizing nature-based solutions and recreation infrastructure as tools to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change.
This is the second time this year that the OBCP has joined forces in Washington, D.C., to urge bipartisan climate action. While there is limited opportunity in the remainder of this year to move legislation forward, there are ongoing discussions between elected officials and groups like the OBCP to identify new legislative opportunities at the federal level in the future.
We Need Your Action
We urge you to help us amplify our message by writing to your elected officials today to tell them to put partisanship aside and work together to address the impacts of climate change on our industry, environment and world.