CLIMATE CHANGE

The impacts of climate change are more and more evident each day. Through the outdoor industry lens, it’s clear we must engage, which is why we’ve made tools for you to act, advocate and mitigate in the name of climate action.

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CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE OUTDOOR INDUSTRY

The $887 billion outdoor recreation industry is uniquely threatened by climate change. Outdoor brands are founded on the values of innovation and promoting environmental and social responsibility, putting us in a unique place to help work towards solutions.

WHY DOES CLIMATE CHANGE MATTER TO THE OUTDOOR INDUSTRY?

Climate change is having a direct impact on outdoor recreation. The quality of outdoor experiences are suffering as summers grow longer and hotter, winter and snowpack become more unpredictable, river flows are diminished, and devastating natural disasters become more frequent. We build products to enable more people to get outside. It is our duty to make sure that in sourcing, manufacturing and delivering these products, we do everything possible to minimize their impact on the environment.

HOW CAN THE INDUSTRY ENGAGE IN ACTIONS THAT CREATE MEANINGFUL CHANGE?

We must take action and advocate on climate policy at the state and federal level, while working together to address our impacts and develop sustainable supply chains and businesses.

READ OIA'S OFFICIAL CLIMATE STATEMENT:

Climate change is impacting America’s communities, infrastructure and economy – particularly the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy. Longer and hotter summers, unpredictable weather, prolonged droughts, increasingly frequent natural disasters like catastrophic floods and devastating wildfires, rising sea levels, warming waters, reduced river flows, and unreliable snowpacks are impacting the outdoor activities that our consumers enjoy, thereby having an impact on outdoor recreation participation and access. 

Recent government reports have identified the urgency to address climate change and mitigate its impacts within the next decade. The Fourth National Climate Assessment identified outdoor recreation and tourism as parts of the American economy most impacted by climate change. Outdoor recreation businesses, our customers, and the nearly 150 million Americans who participate in outdoor activities each year are dependent on a stable climate and, as such, are committed to action. We are focused on both mitigating carbon emissions in our own supply chains and advocating for government policy that will enable the broad change that is needed across all global sectors.

Product innovation and environmental and social responsibility are core values for the outdoor industry and have led us to take proactive steps in developing best practices. We remain committed through our work in sustainability to:

  • Work together to develop and adopt industry best practices and tools, such as the Higg Index, to measure supply chain climate-related impacts; set goals; and reduce those impacts at manufacturing facilities, headquarters, retail stores, and other company facilities through increased energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other strategies.
  • Encourage the use of alternatives to coal-based energy, such as solar or wind power, into the energy portfolio for company facilities around the country.
  • Support efforts to give preference to vendors, service providers, and production facilities, both foreign and domestic, that incorporate industry best practices (such as alternative energy sources and other carbon reduction strategies) into their operations.

Through these efforts and commitments, the outdoor industry is demonstrating that protecting the environment and promoting business growth can go hand in hand. However, climate change requires broader engagement at many levels. National, regional, and local elected leaders must play a key role by enacting policies that can both mitigate the current impacts of climate change and stop future degradation. We support policy solutions that will help create a pathway to a cleaner environment, promote job growth, incentivize infrastructure modernization and resiliency, and help push the American economy forward in a stronger and sustainable direction. 

Comprehensive climate change solutions should include the following:

  • The protection of and investment in natural greenspaces and recreation infrastructure throughout the nation as a form of carbon sequestration
  • Adaptation strategies to inform and assist communities in protecting our changing ecosystem
  • Appropriately managing and maintaining our public lands and waters to ensure their health
  • Implementation of market-based instruments that incentivize and reward adoption of carbon reduction strategies and tools
  • Innovative technology solutions to reduce carbon emissions
  • The development of clean energy standards that ensure affordable, clean energy is available to communities across the country
  • Investment in outdoor recreation assets and jobs to help communities transitioning from resource-intensive industries move toward a more sustainable and diverse economy

Climbers, paddlers, skiers, and hikers regularly tackle challenges head-on as they embark on the outdoor activities they love. Substantive and effective action on climate change will require that same drive and initiative from all of us. We are committed to addressing this most critical of challenges to ensure that every American can enjoy the benefits of the outdoors and foster the growth and success of the outdoor industry.

ADVOCATE

Empowering outdoor businesses to address the threat of climate change is key through advocacy on climate policy at multiple levels of government.

REDUCE

Understanding the importance of products’ environmental footprint and supply chain sustainability is critical in building a comprehensive approach to climate action.

CLIMATE ADVOCACY TOOLKIT

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OIA'S CAPITOL SUMMIT

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CEO ALLIANCE

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CLIMATE CHANGE REDUCTION TOOLKIT

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OIA POLICY ON CLIMATE CHANGE - 2017 POLICY AGENDA

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OIA POLICY ON CLIMATE CHANGE - 2017 POLICY APPROACH

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CEO PLEDGE

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RECORDED WEBINARS & PRESENTATIONS

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OIA CLIMATE CHANGE MENU

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As an OIA member, you have access to tools and resources to help you and your company thrive. Take advantage of networking events, education opportunities, research reports, case studies, business savings and brand recognition opportunities. Most important, become part of a community of peers who want to share in each other’s successes.

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