Winter Olympians step up on climate with CCL

Jessie Diggins Winter Olympians climate change

Jessie Diggins, Olympic Cross-Country skier for Team USA

Winter Olympians step up on climate with CCL

By Steve Valk

With the Winter Olympics now in full swing, several members of the U.S. Cross-Country Skiing Team have been speaking up about the impact that climate change is having on their sport. Even better, they’re endorsing CCL’s carbon fee and dividend proposal as the best way to bring down the emissions that threaten winter. In an interview published in the New York Times, one of those Olympians, Jessie Diggins, gave a shoutout for CCL’s policy, and the Times linked back to our website:

What about people who say that fighting climate change is going to hurt the economy?

You can look at different solutions for the economy, but you only get one earth to live on, and you have to breathe the air that is on this earth. We have to do it in a way that doesn’t hurt families economically, which is why I’m supporting the carbon fee and dividend solution, because it puts a fee on carbon and returns the revenue to households.

Diggins and three other cross-country Olympians also made a wonderful video calling on all skiers to take action on climate change, specifically to ask their members of Congress to join the Climate Solutions Caucus and support CCL’s Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal. In addition to Diggins, the video includes Olympians Simi Hamilton, Andy Newell, and Liz Stephen.

Check out the video here:

These Winter Olympians are by no means done speaking up about climate change. Stay tuned! You can also join CCL’s Ski and Outdoor Industry Action Team to help generate more endorsements like these.

Update on Feb. 21, 2018: 

U.S. Olympic cross country skier Jessie Diggins and her teammate Kikkan Randall won the gold medal in the women’s team sprint freestyle race on Wednesday, the first time U.S. women have ever medaled in an Olympic cross country skiing event. It was also the first time since 1976 that ANY American has medaled in cross country skiing.

Diggins came from behind in the final 100 meters, edging out Sweden’s Stina Nilsson to take the top prize for Team USA. CCL tweeted the good news to celebrate that this climate champion is now an Olympic champion too.


Steve Valk
Steve Valk is Communications Coordinator for Citizens' Climate Lobby. Steve joined the CCL staff in 2009 after a 30-year career with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter at @valklimate.
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