Climate change isn’t the only threat facing your favorite outdoor places. National Parks, wilderness areas, protected rivers, BLM bike trails, and your prized ski area are all at greater risk than you might realize. And the threat sounds nothing short of, well, boring: Legislation.
If, by some crazy happenstance, a majority of Americans suddenly stopped feeling like the outdoors are important, what’s to keep congress from selling Yellowstone to the highest bidder? Frighteningly, this scenario is actually unfolding. By 2019, “minority” kids will outnumber “majority” kids, and in this country many people of color just don’t feel welcome in the great outdoors.
Your buddies are always texting, wondering when you might be up for a float or a ski or a hike. But what if social pressure was working the other way? What if when you mentioned skiing, your friends all laughed and said, “Stop fronting. We don’t do that.”
Sadly, that’s the experience that many people of color have. But this summer a unique team of climbers is headed to the roof of North America to prove the haters wrong.
In June, nine African-American climber-videographers will set out on Expedition Denali, a journey to summit the country’s tallest mountain in an attempt to build a bridge between urban culture and the outdoors.
You can help the documentarians share their love of the outdoors with a new generation by supporting the expedition through their Kickstarter page. Donating is easy. Kick them a few bucks and you’ll even earn yourself an “assistant associate producer” credit.