Member, Canadian Freestyle Ski Team
Play It Cool: Why is being a member of Play It Cool and going carbon neutral important to you?
Jennifer Heil: I believe that collectively we need to have more of a regard for the environment. One of the ways I can lessen my own impact is by being a member of Play It Cool.
Traveling nine months of the year to compete and train on the World Cup Mogul Circuit, including the World Championships and Olympics (with a few surf trips in between) has been an incredible experience. I have circled the globe many times over while following my passion. But this opportunity comes with a heavy cost to the environment. This is why I am a part of David Suzuki's Play It Cool program.
Play It Cool: What effects of global warming have you witnessed in your travels?
Jennifer Heil: I have now traveled for 8 years on the World Cup Ski Circuit and I have witnessed first hand extreme recession of glaciers in Europe and at home in Canada where I train during the summer months. I can't imagine a winter in Canada without skiing, the sport I love. But scientists say that this could be a reality if we don't take action today.
Play It Cool: What positive changes are you making to reduce your impact on the climate?
Jennifer Heil: Along with many other Canadian athletes I purchase high quality Gold Standard carbon offsets. These carbon offsets are credits for reductions in the carbon dioxide (CO2) achieved elsewhere by projects such as wind farms or solar installations. I also replaced old appliances with energy efficient appliances, I buy ecological house products and I recycle of course! I believe that if everyone does his or her part that collectively we can have an impact.