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The FISU World Conference on Climate Change and Winter Sports

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November 15, 2022 | at the FISU Winter University Games

FISU World Conference on Climate Change and Winter Sports

Athletes, attorneys, authors, innovators, environmental leaders from both the private and government sectors will participate in the FISU World Conference, scheduled for January 13-15, 2023, which will coincide with the opening week of the FISU 2023 World University Games in Lake Placid. and scientists, focusing on The intersection of climate change and winter sports.

Celebrated author, ecologist, journalist and activist Bill McKibben, Nathan Chen, reigning Olympic gold medalist for men’s figure skating and national wildlife activist Aaron Mair are the main characters on the conference’s list of speakers. Topics will include alternative energy, agriculture, forestry, food activism, ice and snow science, and outdoor diversity.

“Winter sports communities and athletes are seeing the impact of climate change on winter sports firsthand,” said Ashley Walden, Executive Director of the Adirondack Sports Council, organizing committee for the Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games. “It is an incredible honor that so many experts and industry leaders have agreed to join us this winter in Lake Placid to educate and promote this critical topic.”

McKibben (pictured), named “probably America’s most important environmentalist” by the Boston Globe, is co-founder and senior advisor to 350.org, the first global grassroots climate change movement. McKibben is a distinguished scholar in environmental studies at Middlebury College of Middlebury, Vt., who has organized 20,000 rallies around the world and started the fossil fuel disinvestment movement.

In February, Chen became just the seventh American figure skater to win Olympic gold in the men’s individual competition. Chen is currently studying at Yale University where he majors in statistics and data science. In 2021, he joined the Panasonic team and now promotes the “Panasonic Green Impact” initiative, which aims to become carbon neutral together with society by influencing CO2 reduction activities2 emissions. He works with the company as he continues to create technologies that make an impact and create positive change.

Mair currently serves as the Adirondack Wilderness campaign director on the Adirondack Council. He was 57this president of Sierra Club, one of the most important and influential environmental organizations in the United States.

“The FISU Games at Lake Placid 2023 is the first time that sustainability is the focus of an international, collegiate multisport event and is intended to be a model for the future FISU Games,” said Karlan Jessen, president of Lake Placid World University 2023 Games. Heritage and sustainability . “This is especially great because we are able to offer this conference for little or no cost to anyone who chooses to attend, with an emphasis on attracting students.”

Other events during the conference week include a special “A Night at the Wild Center” in Tupper Lake on January 14, and a film festival on January 15, which will feature short films about sports and the environment.

The Lake Placid 2023 World University Games, scheduled for January 12-22, 2023, are expected to attract 1,500 athletes from over 50 countries and 600 universities. Athletes will compete in 12 winter sports and 86 medal events across the Adirondack region, and competitions will be held at Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, North Creek, Wilmington, Canton and Potsdam.

Additional information

Reservations are now being accepted by visiting the official Lake Placid 2023 FISU Games website, www.lakeplacid2023.com/save-winter . Questions regarding the Conference can be sent to the following address: savewinter@lakeplacid2023.com.

For more information about the FISU Games at Lake Placid 2023 or to purchase tickets, visit the website www.lakeplacid2023.com.

Work media accreditation applications are still being accepted for the 2023 FISU University Games at Lake Placid. To apply for media accreditation, please click here HERE. To download the FISU World University Games Lake Placid 2023 media guide, click HEREthe Lake Placid 2023 FISU Games media services guide is available HERE.

The Lake Placid 2023 FISU Games Save Winter Campaign is hosted by Hydro-Québec and supported by ESPN, Microplus, Panasonic and Karbon. The movement aims to unite all those who love winter to work together to save the “snow season”.

Fans can follow the Lake Placid 2023 FISU University Games on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using @LakePlacid2023, @SaveWinterHQ, #lakeplacid2023, #savewinter.

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