BOULDER, Colo. - Jan. 24, 2018
On Thursday, January 25th, 2018, Protect Our Winters Athlete Hilaree O’Neill will sit on the Climate’s Two Degrees of Separation panel on climate change at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. O’Neill will represent the collective voice of the outdoor sports community alongside notable global leaders and climate scientists. The panel seeks to discuss whether or not there is time to continue to limit warming to the two degrees agreed to in the Paris Climate Accord and if not, how do we adapt?
O’Neill is an example of the caliber of athlete that Protect Our Winters has recruited to speak about climate change on behalf of the outdoor community. O’Neill is a world-recognized explorer, climber, and skier, having achieved notable firsts for women in the realm of high-altitude mountaineering and skiing. Over multiple decades, she has taken upwards of 40 expeditions to the remote corners of the globe and has been recognized as one of the “Most Adventurous Women of the Last 25 Years” by Men’s Journal magazine.
O’Neill’s experience in some of the most remote and exotic mountain ranges in the world has allowed her to see the impacts of climate change first hand. “I have spent my entire life in the outdoors and those combined experiences have enriched my life and shaped who I am. Unfortunately, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that the outdoor world is changing and it is important to me to help ensure that future generations have the same opportunity to experience this beautiful world that I have had.” O’Neill has worked with Protect Our Winters since 2016.
O’Neill’s voice will be unique at the World Economic Forum as she will be the sole representative of the outdoor sports community, a group whose voice in the ongoing global conversation surrounding climate change is critical. The outdoor community represents a well-educated, bipartisan, and passionate group of people and brands, whose leadership in the ongoing public lands debate has shown the success that the industry can have when working together.
“The outdoor community represents a sleeping giant for climate change advocacy and the organizing power that we saw around public lands is just the beginning of what we’re capable of”, says Mario Molina, Executive Director of Protect Our Winters. “As a united and empowered community who recognizes our economic and political leverage, we can stand for solutions that protect both our climate and our public lands through a transition from fossil fuel extraction to clean and renewable energy resources.”
The panel presentation featuring O’Neill will be live-streamed on the Protect Our Winters Facebook page on Thursday, January 25th, at 10:30 am MST (18:30 GMT+1). More information about the Two-Degrees Panel and World Economic Forum can be found by visiting https://www.weforum/org/open-forum/events/world-economic-forum-annual-meetings-2018
Protect Our Winters is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that engages and mobilizes the outdoor sports community to lead the fight against climate change through educational initiatives, political advocacy and community-based activism. Founded by pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones in 2007, Protect Our Winters works with businesses, athletes and the community to harness the collective power of the outdoor sports industry to take meaningful action against climate change. For more information, visit www.protectourwinters.org.