What does Costa Rica's diverse landscape have to do with Pro Snowboarder David Carrier Porcheron (DCP)? You might think "DCP kills it on the snow, maybe he spends his summers tearing up the waves in Costa Rica." This is true—DCP is an avid surfer, but since 2009 he has also sponsored nearly 300 native trees in a deforested rainforest area in Costa Rica.
This spring, DCP and his wife, Megan, will plant 100 additional trees during their annual trip to this Costa Rican deforested area. To further support this great cause, Protect Our Winters (POW) is donating 50 percent of their membership contributions during Earth Week (April 23-29) to support Community Carbon Trees.
DCP's work in Costa Rica and the support he's received from POW and SPY has raised awareness around the devastating effects of global climate change on snow sports. Photo by Rebecca Amber.
For the past three years. DCP's sponsor, SPY Optic, has also been doing it's part to fight climate change by donating funds generated by DCP's custom goggle line to Community Carbon Trees. Those funds help to grow and manage the trees planted on cattle farms owned by Costa Ricans.
“We’re honored that DCP and SPY have invited us to be part of this incredible and meaningful project,” POW’s Executive Director Chris Steinkamp said. “Rainforest conservation is one of the most important things we can do to fight climate change, so we’re excited to make this an ongoing investment for POW.”
POW is united towards the common goal of reducing climate change's effects on snow sports and local mountain communities. Since global forest loss contributes to between 12- and 15-percent of total greenhouse gas emissions each year, this is a natural partnership for POW. For perspective, trains, planes and automobiles combine to contribute to about 13.5 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions. Tropical forests, like the ones DCP visits in Costa Rica, are sponges for carbon dioxide.
To learn more about POW and their educational initiatives, activism and support of community-based initiatives geared towards combating climate change, click here.