Anyone who loves skiing should know about the Save Our Snow Foundation — for obvious reasons. Lose the snow, and you lose something we skiers feel passionately about. After all, if there’s no snow, there’s no skiing. Just last year a ski area in France actually closed due to lack of snow (Abondance),
But as they say, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Nearly 50% of the world’s drinking water comes from glacial and snow melt. No snow, and a lot of the world goes thirsty. Conversely, glacial and snow melt can drive up ocean levels, sinking low lying areas and submerging islands.
There are other problems, too. Global warming can cause more extreme, unpredictable weather, leading to more severe, frequent droughts and storms. And it can allow warmer weather insect species to invade and devastate our northern forests and crops.
As snow lovers, we can’t just sit idly by and allow this to happen. Save Our Snow is a good place to start. The organization was formed to educate people on the problem of global warming. Believe it or not, there are some people who still don’t believe this is a reality. Even the CEO of General Electric, whom I saw on the Stephen Colbert show the other night, remain unconvinced. (I’m shaking my head even as I write this; it boggles the mind.)
You can check out Save Our Snow or donate to the cause here. Every little bit helps.