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POW helps passionate outdoor people protect the places and lifestyles they love from climate change. We are a community of athletes, scientists, creatives, and business leaders advancing non-partisan policies that protect our world today and for future generations.

Protect your Powder Stash

Wherever you shred, extreme weather and warming winters are shortening your season.

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Save your Local Crag

Fossil fuel development on our public lands means access to your favorite crags is dwindling.

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Keep your Runner’s High

Doesn’t matter if you’re an ultramarathoner or a casual trail runner, longer and more intense wildfire seasons impact the ground and air where you love to run.

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Imperfect Advocacy

Instead of chasing perfection, pursue progress. The outdoor community has the passion, the information and the resources to make a difference now.

Turn Your Passion into Action

When we create swells of popular pressure, we can affect policy. And it’s working—the sum of our small efforts are creating climate victories where they’re needed most.

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2020 Annual Report

2020 was quite the year, eh? It was a bumpy road for us all, but there were also many wins worth celebrating along the way. Our CrushIt4Climate campaign with Strava drew in 434,800 people who crushed it for their outdoor playgrounds. When the pandemic locked us down, we held virtual events where high profile athletes and members of the outdoor members engaged with climate scientists and policymakers. And when the rubber met the road during the most contentious election in our lifetime, POW reached over 33 million potential voters with our civic engagement and GOTV messaging. We checked off some big goals in 2020.


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The impacts of climate change are hitting the U.S. winter sports tourism industry particularly hard.

This report examines the ways in which warming winters are impacting the economic contributions of winter snowsports tourism to U.S. national and state-level economies.

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In 2019, we embarked on a national consumer research project to fully understand how to increase the number and intensity of climate advocates by thoroughly understanding the motivations of outdoor enthusiasts, and how they can be convinced to do something that we now know is very hard for them to do: fully engage as advocates for policy changes that will alleviate the worst effects of climate change.

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Cost of Carbon Tool

 We don’t believe that having a carbon footprint should ever preclude you from becoming a climate advocate.

Instead of chasing perfection, pursue progress by offsetting the carbon footprint of your adventures and learn the value of advocating for the outdoor places and experiences that you love.

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The POW Dispatch: Our take on climate news, April 9, 2021

The POW Dispatch: Our take on climate news, April 9, 2021

 WORDS: DONNY O'NEILL | HEADER IMAGE: ADAM CLARK Welcome to The Dispatch, Protect Our Winters' weekly wrap-up of climate news, complete with our take on each topic and how that impacts our ongoing efforts to reduce the...

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Great news! HB 1266 (previously SB 200) officially cleared the Colorado Senate yesterday! Quick refresher, this bill provides a roadmap to implement House Bill 1261, otherwise known as The Climate Action Plan To Reduce Pollution passed back in 2019 (see above for a proud POW moment of the team with @govofco after it was passed). In short, this new bill serves as mile markers to ensure Colorado's critical carbon emission reduction goals are met and implemented - and most importantly - that they are measurable, enforceable, and equitable.⁠

Thanks to the #OutdoorState who took action and contacted their local Colorado representatives, and to our local Colorado alliance members @clare_gallagher_runs & @aplevene for getting the word out! Next up, the bill heads back to the House and then to @govofco’s desk for a signature. Stay tuned, as we’ll keep you posted on what happens with this bill each step of the way!

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What single track dreams are made of. ⁠

📸: @acpictures

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Our friends over at @protectourwintersswitzerland have been busy! On June 13th, the country will vote on the CO2 Act, which was drafted to reduce co2 in Switzerland to 50% emissions reductions by 2030 - based on 1990 levels. ⁠

This new version of the CO2 Act was passed in the Fall of 2020, but fossil fuel and automotive industries have prevented the new law from going into effect. The POW Switzerland team has been rallying the outdoor community to vote now so that they can ride later 🏂 so if you know any Swiss riders, climbers, mountain bikers or outdoor enthusiasts tag them below so they remember to vote! 👇🏼⁠

Learn more about their #VoteNowRideLater campaign through our link in bio.

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We're stoked to be involved with our partner's at @burton #BurtonCleanUpDays initiative! ⁠

Join in the fun on June 12-13 to clean up our playgrounds in the mountains, parks, and beaches. For every Instagram post made (tagging @burton and #BurtonCleanUpDays) Burton will plant a tree with @onetreeplanted. Every bit of trash collected is a win for our outdoor playgrounds, so head out and don't forget to spread the word!⁠

Learn more through our link in bio.

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Once again, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is back in the headlines. With the Biden administration aiming to end arctic drilling, a 2017 Trump-era law may be putting that on hold. Below is an excerpt from yesterday's POW Dispatch:⁠

"When parcels went up for sale in December, there was minimal interest, indicating it’s no longer a best business practice to support extractive industries as stakeholders continue to recognize the reduced demand and need for oil, dropping prices and use the need to speak out against fossil fuel development."⁠

Congressional action that gets rid of the leasing program entirely is the surest way to reach the necessary protections for the Arctic Refuge. Head to our link in bio for more.⁠

📸: @chrisfigenshau⁠

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It's a vibe. ✌🏼⁠

📸: Alliance member @codycir by @matthew_tufts

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