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Top Canadian skiers join climate change campaign

Two of Canada's top winter Olympians are joining environmentalist David Suzuki to fight global warming.

Skier Thomas Grandi and his wife cross-country skier Sara Renner were in Calgary Friday telling reporters they've personally witnessed the impact of climate change in the mountains where they ski.

"I've been all over the world chasing the snow, in summer and winter. Over the course of the years, I've seen a decline in the amount of snow, the warmer temperatures." This year, several World Cup ski events in Europe have been cancelled due to lack of snow, rain or unseasonably warm weather.

Three years ago, a study published by the University of Zurich painted a picture with dire warnings for the ski industry. The study's authors predicted many ski resorts at low altitude could face ruin in the future — and they blamed global warming.

Grandi plans to donate half his World Cup winnings this season to the David Suzuki Foundation. He has twice won gold on the World Cup circuit in giant slalom. "As athletes, we know we are role models. We feel it's our responsibility —our moral responsibility — to take some action and lead by example," Grandi said.

From; Olympic couple joins fight against climate change, CBC News, December 8, 2006

More at: CBC news

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