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Jake Jensen: Climate change should be centered around more serious matters than outdoor recreation

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Impact of climate change will be far more serious than fewer good powder days in Utah.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Snow is made near the base of Solitude Mountain Resort opening day on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, as Utah resorts see limited snow accumulation for the start of the season. The outdoor industry has become increasingly outspoken about the threat it faces from climate change. Utah’s local ski resorts and the president of Snowsports Industries America, a Utahn himself, have even given their say on the matter.

Though many of us appreciate the response from the outdoor industry on the subject, the overall message of their argument is frequently flawed, only focusing on how climate change will affect outdoor recreation. With climate change posing an existential threat to biodiversity, longstanding social norms and even human life, our fight against climate change should be centered around more serious matters than outdoor recreation.

It’s evident that the effects of climate change are here, and we know that we need to transition to renewable energy as soon as possible to mitigate the effects, but what are our reasons for making this transition and protecting the environment? Any argument towards transitioning to […]

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