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The American Alpine Club represents an outdoor community whose ethos is inextricably linked to healthy mountain environments and ecosystems. It is time that we address this direct threat to the climbing community and engage in coordinated action to mitigate the impacts of climate change. Failure to act with urgency threatens important alpine environments which support our community. We are committed to taking action on climate change. Join us in the fight.


We HEAR you!

Climbers care deeply about the issue of climate change and are concerned about its impact on our climbing landscapes, communities and outdoor recreation economy.


Whether you boulder, sport climb or spend your time in the high alpine, climate change is one of the greatest threats to our sport, our lives, and our planet.
— Phil Powers, AAC CEO

aac’s climate action items

Climate change is a global phenomenon with impacts that can be observed at the local and regional scale. As such, the AAC’s approach to climate change addresses internal, local and global initiatives.

Internally, the AAC commits to addressing climate change by: [ + ]
  • Developing a Climate Change Task Force, comprised of leading researchers who will provide the evidence-based guidance necessary for the AAC to effectively engage in climate advocacy efforts.
  • Actively reducing its own carbon footprint by identifying means of moving towards net-zero carbon emissions as an organization through such initiatives as sustainable energy improvements in the American Mountaineering Center and encouraging the Board of Directors and its Committees to engage in web-based meetings rather than air travel, where appropriate.
  • Expanding funding for AAC Research Grants, which are partly aimed at understanding and minimizing the impacts of climate change on alpine environments, ecosystems, and societies. This will be accomplished by broadening partnerships with outdoor industry leaders who possess a like-minded interest in environmental protection and advocacy.
  • Working towards increasing the sustainability of AAC campgrounds and other properties while also making climate and policy educational resources available to AAC campground visitors.

At a local and national level, the AAC will address climate change through: [ + ]
  • Advocating for legislation and policies which act to mitigate the impacts of climate change and protect our air, water, public lands and healthy mountain environments for current and future generations to enjoy.
  • Endorsing plans which pivot from traditional energy sources towards a future of clean and renewable energy like wind and solar. The AAC will strongly contest public land management decisions which prioritize resource extraction over the protection of outdoor recreation assets on our national public lands.
  • Developing scientific research on the economic and ecological impacts of climate change on local outdoor recreation-based economies and venues.
  • Partnering with national organizations such as the Protect our Winters, Winter Wildlands Alliance, The Outdoor Alliance, and others to craft and implement national solutions to mitigating the effects of climate change..
  • Developing resources to connect climbers with scientists doing research in mountain settings, and crafting mechanisms for climbers to document observed changes and climate impacts in the places they climb.
  • Partnering with global climbing organizations to craft and implement global solutions to mitigating the effects of climate change. The AAC will also pursue partnerships with organization like Sustainable Summits, the Mountain Research Initiative, the Juneau Icefield Research Program, the American Climber Science Program, and various academic institutions to achieve this goal.

At a global level, the AAC will address climate change through: [ + ]
  • Identifying pathways for its members to participate in carbon offset programs when traveling for alpine recreation.
  • Developing resources to connect climbers with scientists doing research in mountain settings, and crafting mechanisms for climbers to document observed changes and climate impacts in the places they climb.
  • Partnering with global climbing organizations to craft and implement global solutions to mitigating the effects of climate change. The AAC will also pursue partnerships with organization like Sustainable Summits, the Mountain Research Initiative, the Juneau Icefield Research Program, the American Climber Science Program, and various academic institutions to achieve this goal.

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HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

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SHARE YOUR STORY

Do you have a climate story to tell? We want to hear from you! We encourage you to contribute your story, which will be used to influence local and national policy and advocacy reform. Please share your story in the form below and it will be added to the AAC Climate Story Collection.


MORE WAYS TO TAKE ACTION

SIGN THE OA PETITION

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