Mazama Climate Strategy
The Mazamas recognizes that we are in the midst of a global climate emergency, and we are committed to working for solutions. Climate change is already impacting the Northwest’s people, economy, and the wild places where we hike and climb.
As scientists have forecast and Mazamas are witnessing, exposed glaciers on Cascade peaks are quickly receding and at risk of disappearing, and the frequency and severity of wildfires are increasing.
- We will strive to address the root causes of climate change, such as carbon emissions, deforestation, and inappropriate management of public lands, through political advocacy and scientific research.
- We will develop resources to keep our own organization climate positive, offering sustainable choices for members as they plan trips and expeditions.
- We will continue efforts to offset the carbon footprint of our facilities.
- We will continue to offer our members resources to be individually climate positive
By acting locally and thinking globally, we make the commitment to being part of the solution.
Mazama Equity Statement
In October of 2019, the Mazama DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) Working Group began visioning a statement that called upon our values as an organization towards work that is inclusive, equitable, and anti-racist. After review, the Board of Directors approved the statement this October. This statement is at once a recognition of our current cultural climate at the Mazamas, a hopeful view of the future, and a commitment to do better.
The Equity Statement was a collaborative effort of the Mazama DEI Working Group, past Executive Director Mitsu Iwasaki, the current Mazama staff, and the Board of Directors. This document is only our first version, and we look forward to continuing the discussion on how to be a more inclusive and just organization, particularly as we get feedback and engage in dialogue with our community who is most impacted by marginalization and injustice.
Joint Statement on Climbing Route Names
The Mazamas, American Alpine Club, Appalachian Mountain Club, Colorado Mountain Club, and The Mountaineers join with those speaking out and taking action against racist, sexist, and otherwise derogatory route names, and we welcome the conversation about how best to move forward as a community.