RESORT STAFF CLIMATE EDUCATION
Imagine the impact if every one of the staff members at your resort felt equipped to talk about climate? By making climate education a priority for every member of your resort team and joining us with your leadership team at our yearly resort sustainability summit you will play a huge part in building effective climate advocates. We've compiled a number of educational resources and tools for you to distribute to your staff.
AMBASSADORS FOR ON RESORT INITIATIVES
Staff are not only on the resort frontlines, interacting with guests and providing stoke, they are often have the biggest interest and energy for sustainability initiatives, and will likely be the biggest advocates for your partnership with POW Canada. The more informed they are about climate change, and its local impacts the more comfortable they will be answering guest questions about resort partnerships with POW Canada. Guest education often also poses a challenge for sustainability initiatives, yet ensuring all your staff are up-to-date on resort sustainability initiatives means they will be able to guide guests on what to put in compost and recycling programs, where to find public transit schedules, how they can reduce energy use, or what POW events are upcoming, amplifying your impact. Finally, give staff an opportunity to propose new ideas and solutions. Working on the ground, they see so much and have a great perspective on opportunities to make changes that management often misses. Engaging staff to get involved in sustainability will empower them and the resort!
ENTHUSIAST TO ADVOCATE TOOL (coming soon)
POW Canada’s mission is to turn passionate outdoor people into effective climate advocates. Although that mission resonates with our young and growing membership, we need to ensure we have a toolkit of resources to equip them and help guide them on their journey from enthusiast to advocate. This graduated video learning program educates and inspires, bringing new voices to the climate movement. Various engagement organizing tactics will ensure everyone who completes it are effective forces for change. Resort Staff are the perfect audience for this tool and we hope you will make it a part of your yearly staff training to give your team a kick start on climate science, action and advocacy.
RESEARCH & EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Check out POW's RESOURCE CENTRE for a curated list of great books, videos, podcasts and more for inspiration and ideas.
HOT PLANET COOL ATHLETES VIDEO
Featuring Olympic gold medallist Kelsey Serwa and freeskiing legend/ climate activist Mike Douglas, this 28 minute video gives a fun and engaging overview of climate science and solutions to climate change. While the presentation was developed in collaboration with our Science Alliance and the University of Waterloo Center on Climate Change with high school students in mind, it is really suitable for all audiences. For a clear understanding of the latest in climate science and a powerful course of action, check it out and share it with your staff.
LOSING OUR COOL: THE FUTURE OF SNOWSPORTS IN A WARMING WORLD
A research report examining the impacts of climate change through the careers of two prominent female Olympic gold medalists: Nancy Greene (gold in 1968) and Ashleigh McIvor (gold in 2010). Using the latest in climate modelling the report also looks at the projected impacts of climate change on future Olympians and Canadian ski areas. Keeping our cool depends on the emissions pathway we choose!
CLIMATE CHANGE & THE WINTERS OLYMPIC GAMES
A survey of 339 elite athletes and coaches from 20 countries was used to define fair and safe conditions for snow sports competitions. The frequency of unfair-unsafe conditions has increased over the last 50 years across the 21 Olympic host locations.
The reliability of the host locations of the Olympic games changes radically if global emissions remain on the trajectory of the last two decades, leaving only one reliable host city by the end of the century. Athletes expressed trepidation over the future of their sport and the need for the sporting world to be a powerful force to inspire and accelerate climate action.