I don’t know about you, but as I watched the election results streaming in on that fateful November night, I grew more and more fearful about the state of our world and what would happen if a climate nay-sayer became President-elect. And then it happened.
After shedding a few well-deserved tears I decided it was time to pull myself up by the bootstraps and finally put my words into action. I love the natural world, and I value all the work that’s been put in to protecting and preserving the places where I send my hardest routes and face my demons. Unfortunately, those places are under threat now more than ever.
So what can we do? Turn that frown upside down! While the people running the country may reject facts, there is a movement happening at the local and state levels and it is currently being fueled by anger from the recent election. So hey, at least something good is coming from it!
Here are four fantastic resources if you want to get involved. There are many ways, most obviously by donating your time or money. But another great way to make an impact is through conversation. Tell people about these great organizations. The more people know about these organizations, the more who will fight against climate deniers.
(And a big shout-out to Sarah over at Girl on Rock, for inspiring me to write an article like this!)
Protect Our Winters (POW): Protect our Winters is an awesome coalition of people who love winter and want to keep it coming back with high snow accumulations. They have the POW7—seven ways you can help in the fight against climate change, as well as a webpage with all 100 senators names, states, and contact information. You can also find a script for your call incase you’re a bundle of nerves when the phone starts to ring.
The Access Fund: While not necessarily dubbed an environmental group, the Access Fund has been protecting and sustaining America’s climbing areas for 25 years. From buying the land to protect it, to developing trail systems, to being advocates for the places we love to climb, the Access Fund is an incredible voice for the climbing community. On their webpage you can find a list of organizations in your state to volunteer with.
Greenpeace: While Greenpeace doesn’t acknowledge the burdensome role that Methane gasses play in our changing climate, they are a voice for the environment. They work to keep Exxon Mobile Accountable, to take action against the Dakota Access Pipeline, and in general they fight against the fossil fuel industry. There are many ways to volunteer your time, or just get educated with the many resources and articles on their website.
Patagonia: Hands down one of the best companies I’ve come across. Patagonia has been an advocate for the environment for decades. They started the “worn wear” movement—a movement that is counterintuitive to the money-mongering companies across America and the world. On their website you can find The Activist Company, which provides small loans to hundreds of nonprofits and NGO’s across the country. Finding that information on their website is a great way to figure out who’s doing what in your area. In Salt Lake alone there are 18 environmental grantees from the Salt Lake Climber’s Alliance to the Wasatch Community Gardens.
In straight terms of education, check out www.grist.org to keep up to date on what’s happening around the world.
I know a lot of people believe they can’t make a difference. I beg to differ. I also think now’s not the time to have that sort of attitude. In the least, we can cause a ripple affect, and if there are enough ripples, we can cause a tidal wave of change.
Corny, I know, but I love it.
What organizations do you love and stand behind?