Winter may be long over, but the snow is still there across the higher ranges of the Australian alps. It was a winter that went through so many boom and bust cycles and if all that rain had been snow, we’d be skiing until January. Long after the resorts have closed there is still decent and rideable cover in many places, but we are getting towards the end of season 2016.
After missing most of last winter due to a broken ankle, I was out as often as possible this year, clocking up a bit more than 5 weeks in the snow. Although there were some decent chunks of time in the hills, it was also a lot of weekend trips. That’s a lot of Ks, and hence a lot of fuel.
As we all know, climate change is a massive threat to the alpine terrain that we love so much, and which is essential to our sport. So the end of winter seems like a great time to give back, and make a donation to one of the groups working to protect the Alps or slow down climate change.
Here’s a few ideas:
Individual species: Mountain Critter Cause. MCC raises funds for the Endangered Mountain Pygmy Possum – a species on the brink of extinction and endemic to the Australian alpine ecosystem. You can find out more here.
The Alps as landscape. Support a group like the Victorian National Parks Association, who are working to keep our parks safe from development and feral species and adequately resourced.
Climate change. Support a group like Friends of the Earth (FoE) who have recently gained a permanent ban on fracking and onshore gas drilling in Victoria. (Disclosure: I work for FoE).
Protect Our Winters. POW is ‘is a passionate crew of diehards, professional athletes and industry brands mobilizing the outdoor sports community to lead the charge towards positive climate action. We focus on educational initiatives, political advocacy and community-based activism’.
(Yes. I do know that its spelt karma).