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Last year I was poised to race my fifth American Birkebeiner cross-country ski race (affectionately called the Birkie.) There was plenty of snow and conditions looked great. A week before the race a warming spell hit the northwoods. Five days of 50 degree plus weather and a couple of rainstorms washed out the race. They cancelled it for the first time in its 43 year history. Perhaps saving the rainforests can also save cross-country ski races, which if true, would be a cool effect.

Stay active winter

I was poised to finish my fifth Birkie last year, but Mother Nature had a different plan

Cool Effect

Cool Effect is a non-profit crowd sourcing platform that allows individuals to support carbon emissions reductions by funding projects around the globe aimed at reducing our carbon footprint. Check out their webpage for a list of some of their interesting projects. They include providing affordable cookstoves in Uganda, and my personal favorite, protecting the Makiro Rainforest in Madagascar.

Cool effect climate change

The snowman gift pack is the perfect gift for those concerned with climate change and those concerned with cross-country ski races

Cool Effect is the perfect gift

Do you have someone on your Christmas shopping list who is concerned with climate change? Are they difficult to shop for? If you do, then a Cool Effect gift bundle is the perfect choice.  The snowman gift pack states: “In news that has shocked the nation, rising temperatures threaten our frozen friends. This gift supports carbon-reducing projects that will help save our snowmen and other species too!”

Birkie Trail

What the Birkie Trail should look like in February for a skiing race

The gift bundles provide a more meaningful gift to recipients who feel strongly about protecting the environment. A gift in the name of preserving the Earth is a much better option than a gift card. Your gift includes something tangible as well. Recipients receive an origami gift with your purchase of any holiday gift bundle. You will also feel good knowing that 90% of all contributions go directly to the project.

Youth education

Cool Effect gets youth involved and educated in protecting the rainforest instead of following slash and burn agricultural techniques

The Makira Forest Carbon Project

Madagascar is home to the world-famous and highly endangered lemurs.  The biggest threat facing these beautiful creatures is a loss of habitat due to slash and burn agricultural practices. Slash and burn also is responsible for the heating up of our climate that directly leads to the an increase in temperature across the globe. Slash and burn in places like Madagascar directly contribute to the warming of the Earth and cancelled cross-country ski races like the Birkie.

Makira Rainforest lemur

A lemur leaping safely through the Makira Rainforest

This project teaches local villagers to take advantage of ecotourism and to utilize techniques such as fish farming and bee keeping to make a living and conserve the rainforest instead of destroy it.  Cool Effect makes a priority on educating the youth in whatever project they are invested in.

American Birkebeiner

Nordic skiers at the Birkebeiner queue up for the start of a wave. Sadly, this did not occur last year for the 10,000 plus skiers who make the annual trek to Hayward, Wisconsin

Make a difference and give a unique Christmas gift and save lemurs, rainforests, and ski races

This Christmas, give a unique Christmas gift to someone on your list. By doing so, you will make an impact on the environment and save lemurs and rainforests. Halfway across the world, you might even allow a cross-country ski race to take place, which will make 10,000 Nordic skiers happy. Check out the Makira Rainforest Project and many others devoted to reduce our carbon footprint.

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