‘Saving Snow’ at Calumet Theatre
To the editor:
You may be one of many winter sport enthusiasts that are following our favorite athletes in Korea. Even though hockey put me through college, it is skiing that I love. My favorite athletes are Ted Ligety, Steve Nyman, Resi Stiegler, Jamie Anderson, Kelly Clark, Danny Davis, and now the new gritty cross-country skier Jessie Diggins. Why this crew? These are the athletes that have seen, felt and know what is happening to winter. They have stood up and said winter is important to them, and we are going to do something.
You may have seen the brown hills that surround Pyeongchang? Winter sports are very often dependent on artificial snow and refrigeration. Dr. Scott of the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, analyzed the 21-historic winter Olympic sites. If we continue burning coal, oil and gas nine of these locations will be unusable by 2050 in the traditional sense. Three, even with massive snowmaking, will most likely be unusable at all.
Minnesota cross-country skier Jessie Diggins has spoken up. When confronted with the question, “What do you say to those who would say, ‘You are just an athlete, stay in your lane,'” her response is “I am also someone who lives on this planet. I think you need to be able to stand up for the things you believe in, and saving snow is something I believe in.”
Like us Badgers and Wolverines, winter is part of the DNA of a Minnesota Gopher. Can you imagine us without skiers, snowmobilers, ice fishing women and men without our Sisu, or Nokie, Bear Chase, or Book across the Bay?
Last year it was too warm for the Birkebiener. This year the organizers teamed with climate organizations to make the documentary, “Saving Snow.” It will debut there on Feb. 23-24. On March 1 we will show “Saving Snow” at the Calumet Theater at p.m.
The most important element in the climate organization “Citizens Climate Lobby” is citizen. Hope is not a strategy. There is no Planet B. Failure is not an option.
I know the science. I am confident we can save winter. Join the Citizen’s Climate Lobby. We have a strategy. We are looking for those citizens gritty enough to get out of their lane.