Climbers Cutting Carbon
WE'RE PUTTING our EARTH ON BELAY!
"I used to consider humanitarian work more noble than environmental. Now I see them as one and the same. We need a healthy planet to thrive and right now our home is undeniably sick."
Tommy Caldwell, American climber
We’re building a roadmap to help the climbing community cut its carbon footprint in half by 2030.
Below are 10 tips to help guide us on our individual routes toward becoming sustainable climbers.
1. Commit Politically!
Show up, Speak up, and Vote
The greatest impact we can have is to vote for politicians who lead toward a cooler future! Increase the impact by letting others know of your choices. For example,
2. Forgive Yourself
We’re all imperfect, but we can still do our part
3. Map Your Route
Use a carbon calculator to measure your progress
4. Conserve Energy
Make the most of fewer trips
Travel less & stay longer -- make the most of fewer trips.
Climb local -- fall in love with your neighborhood crags and peaks!
Ride your bike -- to the store for supplies, and to the trailhead.
Read this open letter from the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) to the COP26 Climate Conference.
5. Team Up
Carpool, drive an electric car, take a train, fly less
Use public transportation. Buses, trains, free city transportation.
6. Go Green
Switch to green energy, either your own or from the grid
7. Chow Down
Consume more vegetables and less red meat; compost all waste
Eat less beef: Try meatless Mondays or move even towards a more plant-based diet. More info:
To leave a smaller carbon footprint, choose chicken over beef (National Geographic)
Do I need to stop eating meat? (BBC News)
8. Buy Bravely
Support businesses who show they care about the planet
9. Invest Consciously
Switch to socially conscious (ESG) banking and investing
Banks: It makes a huge difference if your money supports ESG companies–those that recognize their responsibility to the environment, society, and good governance. Choose banks and investments that have signed up for the United Nation’s Net-Zero Banking Alliance.
Join a credit union instead of your bank. Here’s why.
Take the banking pledge on ThirdAct.org. This could be a game changer!
10. Rope up!
Join us! Become a “climber cutting carbon”
For over a century climbers have been frontline witnesses to big changes in high places. Now climate change is the greatest threat to our home planet, including the people and places we love. Climbers have been among the early documentors of the accelerating changes in the water towers of our world. We've also contributed more than our share toward creating the problem, mostly through our passion for flying to exotic locales.
The Sustainable Summits Initiative
We’re building a toolkit to help the climbing community cut its carbon footprint in half by 2030–a big and necessary step on our way to a zero-carbon future. Join the journey on ClimbersCuttingCarbon.org or SustainableSummits.org. Learn more about the Sustainable Summits Initiative here.