2014 was the hottest year on record.
2015 is off to a scary beginning in the Western United States. Rainy spring conditions in January and February have every mountain community talking about the future of snow.
What happens when winter melts for good?
You might not see it on the East Coast with all the recent snow, but it’s happening right now.
Winter as we know it is changing. The ripple effects are transforming economies, ecosystems, and water supplies across the country.
Popular resorts are CLOSED in California and Oregon—many others are hanging on by a thread. The drought in California and the West continues to get worse and snowpacks across the country are dwindling.
Meanwhile, outdated Coal Companies are lobbying to build ports in the Pacific Northwest and release enough CO2 into the atmosphere to push the global climate over a tipping point—ruining the planet and snuffing out the magic of winter for future generations.
But the future of snow isn’t decided—it’s time to fight for it.
The Momenta Project
The outcome of a battle being waged between coal companies and communities in the Pacific Northwest will determine the fate of your winters—no matter where you live.
Coal companies are lobbying to build new ports and increase railway traffic to export billions of tons of coal from the Powder River Basin in Montana to coal plants in China. No new coal plants are being built in the United States—they’re expensive, inefficient, and the worst fossil fuel polluters.
That means domestic demand for coal is plummeting and so are industry profits.
Coal helped build this country, but we’ve evolved past its use. Other available technologies are more efficient, sustainable, and create many more jobs than coal—like solar power.
That’s why the coal industry needs to build this transportation corridor through the Pacific Northwest. Without it, they won’t be able to siphon off the last profits from a dying industry.
The amount of coal they want to ship to China will ultimately release 1200 GT(gigatons) of CO2 emissions—single-handedly pushing global climate change past the point of no return.
If they get their way, our powder days are numbered.
But, before all this CO2 even gets released, the transportation of the coal will saturate the Pacific Northwest with toxic arsenic and mercury—devastating ecosystems, poisoning water supplies, and undermining the physical and economic health of local communities.
The Momenta Project was created to raise awareness of how sustainable energy can replace coal power and to give you a way to join the fight. You can share the film with your community, family, or friends. Just send us an email and we’ll send you the DVD for free. You can also sign this petition to the Governor of Washington telling him not to support coal exports.
Outside of the Momenta Project, you can do something every day to fight for the future of winter.
Support Protect Our Winters
We teamed with Protect Our Winters to promote the Momenta Project. Their mission is to engage and mobilize the winter sports community to lead the fight against climate change.
If you want to make a difference, start with their list of seven things you can do every day in the fight against climate change.
Most of the battle involves education. Knowing what the issues are, what’s at stake, and who to vote for are vital. Once you know your facts, you can share them with your family and friends to get them involved and spread the movement.
Sign up for the POW email newsletter and like POW on Facebook to get the latest news. You can even join POW with a small donation to help them fight the battle against the rich fossil fuel lobby on Capitol Hill—every dollar counts.
The Future of Snow
The future of snow depends on us—the people who live for it.
If we don’t fight for it, who will?
We can’t stand on the frontlines anymore—talking about how bad things are getting. It’s time for all of us to step up. The generations that follow us deserve to experience the silent magic of the mountains that we love.
They deserve trips to the white room and those eternal moments we’ve all had riding with friends.
If you have any questions, need any help, or could use some inspiration, ask us. We’re in the fight with you.