Aspen exhibits melting snow cabin to raise awareness about climate change

To raise awareness about climate change, Aspen has a “melting” cabin on display.

Protect Our Winters has launched an awareness and action campaign with the artwork. Since 1980, the region’s temperature has risen 3 degrees Fahrenheit and 30 days of winter have been lost.

Visitors disembarking from Aspen Mountain’s Silver Queen gondola will notice a “melting” cabin perched on a platform overlooking Hayden Peak and the Elk Mountain Range this winter.

The new art installation, which is symbolic of global warming, begins off an awareness and action campaign in partnership with the NGO Protect Our Winters to inspire people to join the battle against climate change.

The average temperature in the region has risen 3 degrees Fahrenheit since the Colorado resort first opened in the winter of 1946-47. Since 1980, Aspen Snowmass has lost a total of 30 winter days.

The “Melting Gondola” was constructed as part of Aspen’s 75th anniversary celebrations this season to encourage people to think about the next 75 years and to call attention to the critical need to address climate change.

Protect Our Winters, a network of athletes, scientists, creatives, and business leaders who promote nonpartisan climate policy, has joined with Aspen Snowmass on this initiative, encouraging visitors to donate #PowertoPOW through memberships and donations.

“On a large scale, we need a movement to effect political change on climate change.” “POW is that movement, mobilizing the outdoor industry as a political force,” says Auden Schendler, Aspen Skiing Company’s senior vice president of sustainability. “The ski and outdoor sectors are excited, but they haven’t had the same level of power in the past as other businesses like oil and gas or big pharma.” We want to be a driving force in the fight against global warming.”

Individuals will be empowered as agents of large-scale change by joining Protect Our Winters, which will provide them with information and steps to take effective action.

“Thinking strategically is the greatest approach to contribute in the solution,” adds Schendler. “Sure, voting is important, but so is writing to politicians, lobbying your favorite businesses to use their influence, and getting involved in local politics to get your city to implement solutions like code changes, electrification, and clean energy standards.” Joining Protect Our Winters will provide you with a variety of action steps.”

Artist Chris Erikson created the Melted Cabin installation entirely in Aspen’s Roaring Fork Valley. The sculpture was inspired by James Dive and The Glue Society’s Hot with a Chance of a Late Storm, and is a forceful message in sculpture form about our rapidly warming environment.

Aspen Snowmass creative director Mark Carolan remarked, “We wanted to create a piece of art that reflected not only our ski resort, but the entire industry.” “Through our strong relationship with POW, we’re fostering debate, motivation, and, most importantly, hard-hitting action.”

Guests are encouraged to visit the exhibit during the winter season and use the hashtag #PowertoPOW to share images of the project.

Throughout the 2021-22 season, the firm wants to expand on the Melted Gondola campaign and its cooperation with POW, providing more possibilities for people to get involved in the fight against climate change.

Article Author Gerluxe Image: snow-forecast

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