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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

Protect Our Winters founder rallies voters at The Meeting

Aspen Public Radio News

Jeremy Jones is the founder and president of Protect Our Winters (POW), a climate change advocacy group made up of winter sports athletes. He caught up with environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy at an event as part of last week’s ski industry get-together “The Meeting” to talk about his work in the past decade.

Jones, who is regarded as among the top big-mountain snowboarders, said events like The Meeting are important in raising awareness of the impacts of climate change.

“What happens in Colorado will have ripple effects with the whole country and, really, in the whole world,” Jones said.

Jones acknowledged that snow sports have a large carbon footprint.

“But it’s also a gateway to get people to appreciate the outdoors,” he said. “We need to get people connecting with nature. I would not be an environmentalist if it were not for my time on a ski lift.”

Aspen native and Nordic skiing Olympian Simi Hamilton, who is also involved in Protect Our Winters, advocated for action on climate change at The Meeting alongside Jones and other winter sports athletes.


Click here to listen to an extended interview, including Simi Hamilton.

Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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