For those of you who’ve never heard of Sasha DiGiulian, she is an icon in the climbing world. She has dozens of first female ascents all over the world, she was the first North American female to climb a 5.14d and the first woman to free climb Magic Mushroom, one of the most difficult routes on the North Face of the Eiger. Sasha DiGiulian is so iconic that she is literally the climbing emoji.
Simply put she is one of the greatest climbers who has ever lived.
Beyond climbing, Sasha is by all standards a spectacular human being. In the middle of her illustrious career as a professional climber, she managed to put herself through and graduate from Columbia University. She always uses her notoriety to help where and when she can. Among other affiliations you’ll find Sasha DiGiulian’s name attached to non-profits such as Ascend Athletics, The Access Fund, The Women’s Sports Foundation, Right To Play, Up2Us, Champions for America’s Future, Outdoor Nation, Outdoor Federation, HERA Foundation, Protect Our Winters, and so many more.
Additionally, Sasha DiGiulian continually goes out of her way to help new climbers1 through coaching and clinics. She has gone before congress several times, advocating and lobbying for climate awareness and reform. She spotlights local artists and independent businesses on her social media platforms. She is a film producer, a business owner, a published writer, and she has the coolest looking dog.
To be clear, Sasha DiGiulian doesn’t need theDIHEDRAL, or anyone else to come to her defense, she is fully capable of defending herself anytime she ever feels the need. Recently she held a clinic in Kalymnos Greece, one of the most beautiful climbing destinations in the world. Upon her return she continued to advocate for climate awareness. As a thank you for all that she has done and continues to do, these are some of the messages she has received.
Again, Sasha doesn’t need anyone to defend her, especially against ignorance. I appreciate that she asked for their input on possible solutions though. Being that trolls are generally quick to judge, and slow to help, it’s doubtful that they provided anything that resembles a useful or realistic idea. And that is where I want to come in.
Understating Global Warming and minimizing our carbon footprint are essential to survival for many species and habitats including our own. Asking one person not to fly is not going to cause enough significant change to offset the imbalance of CO2 in the atmosphere. It’s ridiculous to think that shaming any one person is in any way a viable solution. The only actual sustainable solution is a colossal reduction in carbon emissions.
However, I do have a few ideas for the tu quoque fallacy committing trolls who may wish to take Sasha’s inquiry seriously. Primarily we need to elect officials who understand and care about the effects of global warming. We need people who will establish and enforce restrictions on polluters. We need people who will invest in ideas that could reduce CO2. We need people who will promote a sustainable lifestyle that gets us past our dependence on burning carbon emitting fossil fuels.
Who gives a shit about any one person or any one hundred people flying a few times a year? If industries aren’t taking the steps to eliminate their dependence on carbon centered profit, we’re all
Since it doesn’t seem like we’re getting many officials to cause substantial change, the next best option is to organize. Telling one person not to fly is a complete waste of time. But doing a little research, finding out the most profitable flying days of the year, and convincing thousands of people to never fly on those days again would be significant. Working to team up with someone who has the track record, the compassion, and the influence to reach hundreds of thousands of people in order to promote that cause, well that could hit the transportation industry where it hurts. Maybe even someone like…I don’t know…maybe someone like Sasha DiGiulian could help. But instead of reaching out, these commenters decided that trolling a person who has been in the trenches since she was a minor, someone who fights for change as hard as she climbs, someone who is constantly using her platform for good, they figured trolling that person is the better investment of their time.
We need to be smarter than that, we need to understand that if we don’t work together, then we are going to die alone2.
The busiest flying days turn out to be Christmas time, and August 9th. So, rather than go after one of the good guys, maybe send messages out to all the climbers you can reach. Tell them that August 9th is officially our NO-FLY DAY. Maybe send a message out to all your family and friends telling them that rather than flying at Christmas time you can carpool and road trip. Or, at the very least maybe you trolls can spread your witty critiques to the politicians and the CEO’s who have been looking the other way since the beginning of time.
If all this is too much to ask, then maybe just crawl back under your bridge and keep your thoughts to yourself.
- When theDIHEDRAL was first getting off the ground I wrote a ridiculous post about The Ice Climbers. I reached out to dozens of pro-climbers for a quote. Sasha Digiulian was the first pro to get back to us. She had no idea who we were or what we were doing, but that gesture went a long way in terms of motivation and validation. Of the thousands of people she has helped throughout her career, we are very proud to count ourselves among them. Thank You Sasha!
- Okay, I recognize that was very 90’s disaster movie dialouge-esque, but when I get on a soap box, it’s hard to step down.