Hot Planet, Cool Sports – X-Games’ Gretchen Bleiler Fights Global Warming

  • Published on January 28th, 2011

X-Games and Olympic star Gretchen BleilerThink climate change is something that only our grandchildren need to worry about? Wrong!

It’s affecting us now, in lots of ways both small and large. And while it seems ironic when the northeast is getting socked by blizzards, it’s also very true that screwing up the climate is screwing up snow patterns. And that affects winters sports like skiing and boarding.

Remember when the Vancouver Olympics had snow troubles? Gretchen Bleiler doesn’t want you to forget. The winner of an Olympic silver medal and 4 X-Games golds wants you to know that you should be taking global warming very seriously:

“The environment is very near and dear to my heart, having grown up in Aspen, and also being a pro snowboarder who chases the snow year-round. I’ve been doing that for the past 10 years. Climate change has just been totally in my face, and I’ve seen the effects all around the world.

I started a new company with my husband, mom and step-father-in-law called Alex Bottle (a stainless steel reuseable water bottle that splits in the middle for easy cleaning), and we also just started the 21-Day Reusable Challenge. All of these things were doing just to try to make an impact and create a little bit of a shift where we’re all living a little bit more conscientiously.”

This week she was at her alma mater, Aspen High School, as part of her work with the Alliance for Climate Education, rallying the students to commit to the 21-day challenge. She told the students that climate change has got her hot and bothered. She was supposed to go to New Zeeland to ski – but couldn’t. There was no snow.

“We finished up the presentation by having all of Aspen High School pledge to not use plastic bags, plastic water bottles and Styrofoam containers for 21 days and hopefully forever. I’m so proud of my Alma Mater!”

Here’s Gretchen talking about the 21-Day Challenge:

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Jeremy Bloom is the Editor of RedGreenAndBlue. He lives in New York, where he combines his passion for the environment with his passion for film, and is working on making the world a better place.