In recent years, it has become very apparent how real and threatening climate change is. The New York Times has dedicated an entire column to articles and news regarding our environment and the dangers it faces everyday. Sports and social media go together more than people might think. Many sports take place outside and the environment being affected in turn affects athletes respected sports. One article I found very interesting is “Ocean Heat Waves Are Threatening Marine Life” by Kendra Pierre-Louis and Nadja Popovich. Their opening quote stood out, “When deadly heat waves hit on land, we hear about them. But the oceans have them too.” Filled with facts from a recent study, they discuss the temperatures of the ocean. Scientists have found that oceans have absorbed more than 90 percent of the heat.
Eric C.J. Oliver, an assistant professor of physical oceanography at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, discussed how the warming temperatures of the ocean are caused by climate change, “There’s also some indication that El Ninõs have been getting more extreme with climate change.”
Red Bull is a large company of not only energy drinks but also extreme sports and athletes. Two of their athletes have focused part of their careers on cleaning up oceans and beaches and advocating for climate change.
Pro-Skier Angel Collision studied environmental studies at the University of Utah which has helped her career as an activist. Collision started working with Protect Our Winters and the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. This eventually led to her speaking on Capitol Hill and her social media presence to advance awareness and initiation for climate change.
Kai Lenny is a native Hawaiian who competes in different water sports like wind and kite surfing, big wave surfing and stand-up paddle boarding. Being from Hawaii and spending so much of his life in the water, he sees the damages done to the ocean with trash and debris. Lenny came up with the idea to hydrofoil 200 miles across the chain of Hawaiian Islands for five days and partnered with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii to arrange trash pick ups at each stop. Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii organized volunteers for a beach clean-up which turned out to be the state’s largest trash removal effort.
Athletes like Angel Collision and Kai Lenny are working towards cleaning up oceans and fighting for climate change. Making the world and environment cleaner and a better place to live. The work that athletes do to better our environment make other people feel more inclined to work on better the environment. Like Angel Collision said, “Sometimes your causes find you.”