Colorado Outdoor Companies Need Leaders Who Will Combat Climate Change

Today, Outdoor Industry Association, along with 77 other Colorado businesses released an open letter stating the need for elected officials who believe in the science of climate change and have plans to take action. 

October 25, 2016

Colorado’s outdoor recreation industry needs a president who will take action on climate change.

October 25, 2016

There are few who understand the economic impact of climate change better than the people of Colorado.

In Colorado, climate change isn’t a partisan issue—it’s an economic one. Our state’s outdoor recreation industry contributes $13.2 billion in consumer spending and creates 125,000 jobs across the state. This powerful outdoor recreation economy relies on our public lands which are increasingly threatened by a warming climate.

Our ski industry and mountain communities rely on a snowpack that is increasingly unpredictable due to climate change, leading to shorter winters and fewer opportunities for ski-town economies like local retail shops, restaurants, and other small businesses. The snowpack, in turn, affects Colorado’s water and spring runoff, which impacts our world-class rafting and kayaking industries, but also threatens our first-rate angling, hunting and rock climbing. This not only adversely affects those activities as significant economic drivers, but harms the state’s tourism-dependent communities, which are seeing a longer, more intense wildfire season that negatively impacts the experience of visitors to our state and costs Colorado millions more in recovery assistance.

In Colorado, climate change isn’t about scoring political points. It’s about our way of life and our livelihoods. The United States must take the lead in fighting climate change, from developing innovative solutions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to finding ways to shrink our carbon footprint.

It is therefore critical that we elect leaders who understand the significant threat climate change poses. This includes supporting a president who believes that climate change is real, understands that there is overwhelming evidence to support that belief, and will protect our public lands, waters and our outdoor recreation economy as part of the solution. We need a president who believes in the science of climate change—and we need a president who has a plan to tackle its effects.

We should not be debating over what has been proven. It is a fact that our climate is warming, and that is a threat to our state, to our nation, and to our world. We must take action now to ensure that Colorado’s outdoor recreation economy continues to grow and to protect our land and water for the Outdoorists of today and the people of Colorado tomorrow.


4 Corners Riversports
American Alpine Club
Angler’s Covey
Astronaut Foods
Avid4 Adventure
Backbone Media LLC
Backpacker’s Pantry
Big City Mountaineers
Bison Peak Lodge
Brand 44 LLC dba b4Adventure
Chef Soraya
Colorado Mountain Club
Colorado Spice
Colorado Tackle Pro
Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides
Crescent Moon Snowshoes, Inc.
Deuter USA
Down River Equipment
Dynafit/SALEWA North America
Exxel Outdoors
G.E.A.R. Shop Collective
Goddess Garden Organics LLC
Gravity Play Sports
Hala Gear SUP
HeiQ Materials AG
Hero Enterprises
Inkling Inc. /
International Mountain Bicycling Association
Kinderlift of Colorado
La Sportiva N.A., Inc.
Mountain Khakis
NATIVE Eyewear
New Normal Consulting
ONNO t-shirt company
Optic Nerve
Ortovox USA
Osprey Packs Inc.
Outdoor Industry Association
Phunkshun Wear, LLC
Pikes Peak Outfitter
Pikes Pike Outdoor Recreation Alliance
Polar Bottle
Poppy Gall Design Studio
Protect Our Winters
Recreation Law
S3 Cases, Inc.
Salida Mountain Sports
Scream Agency
Sea to Summit
Sierra Designs
Silverton Ski Hut, LLC
Small World Adventures, LLC.
SnowSports Industries America
Sports Specialists, Ltd.
T. Malouf & Company Executive Search
Tenkara USA
The Climate Reality Project Action Fund
The Colorado Yurt Company, LLC
Timberwolf Pet Products
Trek Light Gear
Ultimate Direction
Ute Mountaineer
Verde Brand Communications
Walden Hyde
Wallaroo Hat Company
Western Winter Sports Representatives Association
What’s Up Public Relations
Xero Shoes