Please watch this 10 minute video. I know it’s long, but I wanted to get it out there. I’ll make a shorter version soon.
Bill McKibben is a climate activist. He’s done great work. But Aspen is the home of consumption, not, conservation. Aspen Skiing Company’s best efforts towards the climate crisis amount to greenwashing. It didn’t jive.
Today we’re here in Aspen. A town known for consumption, not, conservation. At an event sponsored by the Aspen Skiing Company.
Aspen Skiing Company supports expanding the runway at the airport, so more private jets can land. Private jets are at least 8x less efficient than commercial jets.
They refuse to stop selling meat and dairy. Meat and dairy creates more emissions than all tail-pipe emissions combined.
They create tons of trash each year, of which less than 8% is recyclable.
General Dynamics is a global defense company that makes combat vehicles used in wars fought over oil.
JP Morgan Chase is involved in oil field exploration.
So my question, Bill, is this:
How do you justify tying your name to a company who’s best efforts to combat climate change amount to greenwashing, who supports endless wars, wars fought over oil, and oil exploration?
In the event, Bill’s ask was for people to divest from JP Morgan Chase. He wanted people to cut up their Chase credit cards. That’s cool. But I think it’s symbolic. Because just about every credit card out there is tied to Chase in one way or another. Cutting up one Chase Visa doesn’t matter if you have 3 more in your wallet.
Bill also suggested that if people want to make a dent in the climate crisis, they should join a group and be part of something bigger.
So I’m forming a group. I’m asking skiers to join me, and stop skiing at an Aspen Skiing Company resort until Aspen Skiing Company changes its ways. That is, until Aspen Skiing Company completely divests from General Dynamics, JP Morgan Chase, and all other of their holdings that are in any way connected to war and oil.
Making a dent requires doing what’s uncomfortable. So join me. If you really care about skiing and planet, then fight for it. Take a stand. Ask others to do the same.
If you have an Aspen ski pass, cut it up. Don’t buy an Aspen lift ticket. If you have an Ikon Pass, same thing. Because Ikon is run by Aspen Skiing Company. This is really uncomfortable, I know. But that’s what it’s going to take.
Once you’ve taken your action I want you to contact Auden Schendler, Vice President of Sustainability at Aspen Skiing Company. Tell him what you’ve done. Tell him you’re not coming back until they completely divest from General Dynamics, JP Morgan Chase, and all other holdings that are in any way connected to war and oil. Here’s a link to his contact page:
I’ll have a new website up soon.