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POW helps passionate outdoor people protect the places and lifestyles they love from climate change. We are a community of athletes, scientists, creatives, and business leaders advancing non-partisan policies that protect our world today and for future generations.

Protect your Powder Stash

Wherever you shred, extreme weather and warming winters are shortening your season.

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Save your Local Crag

Fossil fuel development on our public lands means access to your favorite crags is dwindling.

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Keep your Runner’s High

Doesn’t matter if you’re an ultramarathoner or a casual trail runner, longer and more intense wildfire seasons impact the ground and air where you love to run.

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Imperfect Advocacy

Instead of chasing perfection, pursue progress. The outdoor community has the passion, the information and the resources to make a difference now.

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Turn Your Passion into Action

When we create swells of popular pressure, we can affect policy. And it’s working—the sum of our small efforts are creating climate victories where they’re needed most.

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In 2019, we embarked on a national consumer research project to fully understand how to increase the number and intensity of climate advocates by thoroughly understanding the motivations of outdoor enthusiasts, and how they can be convinced to do something that we now know is very hard for them to do: fully engage as advocates for policy changes that will alleviate the worst effects of climate change.

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Cost of Carbon Tool

 We don’t believe that having a carbon footprint should ever preclude you from becoming a climate advocate.

Instead of chasing perfection, pursue progress by offsetting the carbon footprint of your adventures and learn the value of advocating for the outdoor places and experiences that you love.

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The impacts of climate change are hitting the U.S. winter sports tourism industry particularly hard.

This report examines the ways in which warming winters are impacting the economic contributions of winter snowsports tourism to U.S. national and state-level economies.

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Election Center

Protecting your playground starts with a pledge. We’ll hold you to it by giving you the tools and resources you need to vote with confidence this November.



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Take Action On National Voter Registration Day

Take Action On National Voter Registration Day

This Tuesday, September 22, is a huge day for the Outdoor State. Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day. What is that, you ask? National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday that, in short,...

Climate and Race: Protect Our Winter’s Next Steps

Climate and Race: Protect Our Winter’s Next Steps

Protect Our Winters, its staff and our Board of Directors have been deeply troubled by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others. We stand in solidarity with indigenous peoples,...

Vote: Extinguish A Flaming Climate

Vote: Extinguish A Flaming Climate

Words & Photos: Donny O'Neill Late on Saturday afternoon, October 17, 2020, I was in the final stretches of a seven-plus hour drive back to Colorado’s Front Range after working remotely in Park City, Utah, for a...

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Final call to receive a limited edition #OutdoorState postcard before the election! Here's how 👇🏼⁠

🔻 Head to our #linkinbio & select your postcard design feat. art from @hannaheddyart, @rp_roberts & @jer.collins⁠
🔻 Fill out your info (or a friends!) to be sent a postcard reminder to cast your ballot this election⁠
🔻 Hit submit, and you'll officially have taken the pledge to vote with the Outdoor State!⁠

Get your pledges in by end of day and start making room on your fridge. 👍🏽

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The election is less than two weeks away. So if you want your mail-in ballot to be counted, SEND IT. Just like @bethrodden right here. 👆⁠


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"For the 33 years that I have been alive, my life has largely been spent outside. When I was younger I chased my mom around the mountains on her favorite hiking trails and she introduced me to the magic of winter with skis on my feet as a one year old. These mountains, lakes, and granite rocks of the Sierra have raised me, and the connections I’ve made in these mountains are a part of my makeup. ⁠

Not all of us come from this background, it is a recognized privilege. We don’t all breathe the same air, as some of us are subject to pollution at far higher rates based on where we live. Collectively, our nation is made of a variety of diverse people, a fact that should be celebrated as it heightens creativity and encourages different perspectives. Diversity helps us to solve problems, it increases our understanding of the world, and it makes us stronger. Where we come together is on this land, it is where we call home. ⁠

The fires across the west this year have blanketed our land in smoke, which has traveled all the way across the country. We the People, a part of the #OutdoorState with 50 million strong, can unite around our common ground this election season to keep the air breathable and the water clean for everyone." - @myshellparker

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Hey absentee voters, it's officially #SendItWeek, which means it's time to be like @amieski and get your mail-in-ballot SENT! Need support? Our #linkinbio has you covered. ⁠


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