Fracking Colorado? “Dear Governor Hickenlooper” Premieres at Mountainfilm: Watch a Screening Near You!
Osprey Athlete Alison Gannett is a World Champion Big Mountain FreeSkier, founder both The Save Our Snow Foundation and KEEN Rippin Chix Steep Skiing Camps and Rippin Chix Mountain Bike Camps. As an accomplished ski mountaineer and Environmental Scientist, she utilizes her first descents and ski expeditions worldwide — India, Pakistan, Bolivia, Argentina, Bhutan, South Africa, Europe and North America — to document glacial recession. Alison has dedicated her life to making the world a better place, and has spent over half her life working on solutions to climate change.
Osprey makes me proud, and I’m honored to be an official ambassador. Recently they helped sponsor a new documentary film, Dear Governor Hickenlooper, which premiered at the renowned Mountainfilm in Telluride film festival. Dear Governor Hickenlooper is a collection of documentary films directed by a variety of Colorado filmmakers and provides a new perspectives on fracking and clean energy through the eyes of scientists, entrepreneurs, artists and families. Not only was I lucky enough to attend the film’s premiere, but I am also honored to be in the film. Fracking has been proposed in the 30,000 acres surrounding my Holy Terror Farm, and 200,000 acres of my water shed have already been leased for drilling.
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Have you ever been climbing at Joshua Tree? If you have, you can probably remember the warm desert sun on your back, the rock beneath your fingers, the magnificent sunsets and the smell of… garbage?! That’s right, developers are trying to put the nation’s largest garbage dump right next to Joshua Tree National Park.
Unless you’ve been living in a deep, dark cave… You may have noticed that there is a lot of cool stuff going on out there. So, we thought it was high-time we started rounding up some of our faves each Friday. Every month, we’ll be choosing a theme that fits with the Osprey lifestyle. Since we were so excited for the launch of our bike blog last month, we decided to continue with that theme for all of October. Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!
Bikes are obviously the hottest way to get around. Why?
1. Because they’re simple. Everyone can learn how to change a tire, or put your chain back on. And if you can do that, you can ride for the rest of your life. In a time of incredible mass consumption, finding beauty in the simplicity of things like biking is crucial.
2. Riding a bike makes you hotter. Think about it. A bike runs on your energy, and that’s it. No nasty fossil fuels to muck up our climate. So, you can feel good about doing your part to make the world a better place. And the only thing you’ve got to worry about is having more muscular gams to show off on your ride to work.
So, while we’ve established that bikes are the world’s most fun and accessible way to get around. ARTCRANK thinks thatposters are the world’s most fun and accessible art form. And we’d have to agree. The best part about ARTCRANK is that they bring these two awesome things together.
ARTCRANK is a showcase of bicycle-inspired original poster artwork that people can enjoy looking at and afford to take home. ARTCRANK began in Minneapolis in 2007, and has expanded to Denver, St. Louis, Portland, San Francisco, Des Moines and Bend. In September 2010, we held our first international show in London.
Every ARTCRANK show features posters created by local artists from the host city. Admission is always free, and posters are priced to let everybody take home at least one.
What’s not to like about that?! If you live in one of the above cities, make sure to check out the show. If not, peruse some of the posters online, throw your own bike poster party and make your own!
On the topic of making the world a better place, this Sunday is 10/10/10 — a day when people across the globe have decided to celebrate our climate solutions and send a message to our politicians: “We’re getting to work — what about you?” So whether you decide to get your hands dirty restoring streamside habitat, or teaching people in your community how to change a flat tire on their bike, just make sure you’re doing something.
Check out the list of events on 350.org for a list of events in your region and hop to it!
In the United States, we have built one dam a day every day since Thomas Jefferson signed the Declaration of Independence. That’s a lot of dams. We’ve dammed the most majestic and powerful rivers running through our country for the sake of energy, irrigation for industrial agriculture and transportation to name a few. And today, we’re seeing dams come down. They’re an aging infrastructure — no longer worth the cost of keeping them. But the change is coming slow… We’re still a long way off from recovering our rivers and wild places from the missteps of our past.
In Patagonia — half a world away — instead of working to restore their rivers, they’re fighting to save them from getting dammed in the first place. Patagonia, a beloved place in the hearts of many in the outdoor industry, is fighting to stay wild.
With alternatives energy sources such as wind, solar, geothermal and more, the damming of rivers seems outdated — “it’s old technology”. Hydropower may not emit carbon emissions, but the power sure isn’t “clean”. Think of how many rivers we’ve dammed — how many species we’ve pushed to extinction, how many communities we’ve flooded or cut off from their rivers and how many people have lost their way of life because of it.
What’s at stake in Patagonia? Two pristine rivers dammed by 5 proposed dams, 2,400 km of forest clear-cut and road switchbacks blasted into the canyon to make way for the world’s largest transmission line. This project would destroy the people in Patagonia.
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“I think it’s the overall loss of wilderness that we’re talking about here,” Osprey athlete Timmy O’Neill said.
So why should we care? Because it’s not just about the rivers in Patagonia. It’s about the rivers in our backyard. We, as people, have the power to make a change. And it starts now. There is power in the pristine, and we’ve got to stand up for it.
Learn more about protecting Patagonia’s rivers: http://rioslibres.com/.