Young Climbing Enthusiasts Welcome President Obama to Golden With a Plea to Protect the Outdoors
Golden, CO - Colorado’s next generation of climbers and outdoor enthusiasts gathered at the corner of 10th and Washington in downtown Golden this morning to welcome President Obama to Golden and to remind him that protecting public lands is good for the economy and their future.
The American Alpine Club and the Colorado Mountain Club displayed a large banner with a message: “Mr. President, Protect our outdoors. Grow jobs and our future.”
The groups hoped to catch the attention of President Obama as his motorcade traveled to an event at Lion’s Park.
“Young people choose to start their careers and families in places like Colorado because our public spaces offer such amazing opportunities for climbing, hiking and biking,” said Leigh Goldberg, Conservation and Advocacy Director for the American Alpine Club. “President Obama’s leadership in protecting and funding these places would go a long way toward creating jobs and ensuring our economic health not only in Colorado, but nationally.”
According to the Outdoor Industry Association, outdoor recreation is responsible for $646 billion in economic activity and 6.1 million jobs nationwide. In a survey conducted earlier this year, 93% of Colorado voters agreed that our national parks, forests, monuments, and wildlife areas are an essential part of our economy, and 78% said we can protect land and water and have a strong economy at the same time.
President Obama recently acted to protect Fort Ord in California and Fort Monroe in Virginia as national monuments. According to media reports, his administration is considering permanent protection for Chimney Rock, a unique climbing and hiking destination in Southern Colorado.
“The President has taken a few solid steps towards establishing his conservation legacy, but there is still much more that can be done,” said Scott Braden, Conservation Director for the Colorado Mountain Club. “President Obama has the power to permanently protect places in Colorado, like Chimney Rock, and young people here are excited to see him to use it.”
About the American Alpine Club
The American Alpine Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides knowledge and inspiration, conservation and advocacy, and logistical support for the climbing community. The AAC advocates for American climbers domestically and around the world; provides grants and volunteer opportunities to protect and conserve the places we climb; hosts local and national climbing festivals and events; publishes two of the world’s most sought-after climbing annuals, the American Alpine Journal and Accidents in North American Mountaineering; cares for the world’s leading climbing library and country’s leading mountaineering museum; manages the Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch and Hueco Rock Ranch as part of a larger lodging network for climbers; and annually gives about $100,000 toward climbing, conservation, and research grants to adventurers who travel the world. Learn about additional programs and become a member at americanalpineclub.org. Join the AAC’s online community atfacebook.com/americanalpineclub, americanalpineclub.org/news, or follow all the latest press on the Club’s Press Room RSS feed at americanalpineclub.org/prfeed.
About the Colorado Mountain Club
The Colorado Mountain Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to recreation, conservation and education and connecting those who love the Rocky Mountains and public lands of Colorado. The CMC celebrates its 100th anniversary this year and is based in Golden, Colorado. More at cmc.org