FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Power Technology:Norway-based Scatec Solar and its partners have completed works on the 258MW Upington solar power complex, located in South Africa.The companies have in fact grid-connected and started commercial operations for the 86MW Dyason’s Klip 2 solar plant, which has the capacity to produce 217GWh of clean energy annually.The Upington solar power complex is expected to generate 650GWh of renewable energy annually, which is sufficient to power nearly 120,000 households while offsetting more than 600,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.Scatec Solar holds 42% in the Upington project while Norfund owns an 18% stake. Upington’s community has a 5% stake in the project, while the remaining 35% equity is held by South African investor H1 Holdings.Last October, Scatec Solar and its partners completed the 390MW Benban project in Egypt by connecting the last of the six 65MW solar power plants to the power grid. Located near Aswan in Upper Egypt, the project is part of the 1.8GW Benban solar park.More: Scatec completes 258MW solar power complex in South Africa Scatec Solar completes construction on 258MW PV complex in South Africa
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Building on a breakout year for U.S. energy storage developers, the industry has released a roadmap for the addition of 100,000 MW, or 100 GW, of new storage resources by 2030.“The role energy storage can and will play in enabling the transition of electricity generation from fossil to renewable sources has come into focus,” the U.S. Energy Storage Association said in the report, published Aug. 24.To support that ambitious target, the trade group is calling for key federal and state regulatory reforms, including full valuation of energy storage technologies as flexible grid assets, updating interconnection standards and enacting a U.S. investment tax credit for standalone storage facilities. Currently, energy storage projects qualify for federal tax credits only when coupled with solar power arrays.Pumped hydroelectric storage, with nearly 22 GW on the grid through 2018 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, accounts for the vast majority of U.S. installed nameplate energy storage capacity. But battery storage installations are multiplying quickly with traditional power plant developers like AES Corporation, LS Power Group, NextEra Energy Resources LLC, Vistra Corp. and others now supplying lithium-ion-based systems that are 100 MW and larger.“In 2020 the market is set to more than double, from about 500 MW to more than a gigawatt of energy storage installed in the United States and then from there in 2021 the market is set to triple, to over 3.5 GW of energy storage before going above 7 GW in 2025,” Daniel Finn-Foley, head of energy storage at consulting and research firm Wood Mackenzie, said in an interview. “This is a dramatic scale-up, especially over the next two years.”Wood Mackenzie projects that about 27,500 MW of cumulative battery storage capacity will be installed by 2025, under BloombergNEF’s estimate of roughly 32,000 MW by 2025. The Energy Storage Association in 2017 set a goal of 35,000 MW of new energy storage capacity by 2025 from all technologies.[Garrett Hering]More ($): U.S. energy storage industry aims to add 100 GW by 2030 U.S. energy storage industry sets 100GW installation goal by 2030
Laird Hamilton is an athlete that I look up to. If you are not familiar with Laird, please rent or purchase the movie Riding Giants, or surf (no pun intended) over to this link to familiarize yourself with him. For those of you who do know who Laird is, you know what he has done to revolutionize the sport of big wave surfing.There is a quote of Laird’s that I often reflect upon during this time of year. When asked about how he feels during a long period without the earth producing the big waves that he loves, he says, “It’s as if I’m a dragon slayer, and there just aren’t any more dragons.”This time of year is amazing because the final and climax event of the kayaking season, the Green River Narrows Race, takes place. The only problem is that after that event, well, there just aren’t any more dragons. Life goes from intense buildup to a series of competitions, and then immediately to an hour less time at night to play outside, and no goals in the immediate future to work towards. All of the leaves have fallen and winter sets in.Even though the race hasn’t yet occurred, these snow flurries and freezing mornings are triggering the initial signs of my “feel sorry for myself” button. Although I can feel this happening, I refuse to allow wintertime to negatively affect my mood this year.In reality, winter in the Blue Ridge is an incredibly beautiful time, and carries with it its own set of great memories. Snowfall transforms these mountains, and it’s one of the best times to check out the waterfalls of the Parkway, DuPont State Forest, or Gorges State Park. We are also very fortunate to have the ability to pick and choose which ski resorts we want to frequent. From Cataloochee to the Boone resorts to Snowshoe in West Virginia, there is no excuse not to be outside and making the most of every season.And aside from these opportunities, every athlete knows that winter is the time to place the foundation for their fitness in the following year. The gym is always open and temperature-controlled to help us be where we need to be come springtime.So, rather than wallowing in self-pity when the cold sets in, I’m committed to carrying the same energy through winter that I brought into it. I’ll bet I can hit that kicker faster than you can!
EarthTalk®E – The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: What is the scientific consensus on all the extreme weather we’ve been having—from monster tornadoes to massive floods and wildfires? Is there a clear connection to climate change? And if so what are we doing to be prepared? — Jason Devine, Summit, PAExtreme weather does not prove the existence of global warming, but climate change is likely to exaggerate it—by messing with ocean currents, providing extra heat to forming tornadoes, bolstering heat waves, lengthening droughts and causing more precipitation and flooding.“A changing climate leads to changes in the frequency, intensity, spatial extent, duration and timing of extreme weather and climate events, and can result in unprecedented extreme weather and climate events,” reports the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an independent group of leading climate scientists convened by the United Nations to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts.While most scientists don’t dispute the link between global warming and extreme weather, the once skeptical public is now starting to come around—especially following 2011, when floods, droughts, heat waves and tornadoes took a heavy toll on the U.S. According to a poll conducted by researchers at Yale University’s Project on Climate Change Communication, four out of five Americans reported personally experiencing one or more types of extreme weather or a natural disaster in 2011, while more than a third were personally harmed either a great deal or a moderate amount by one or more of these events. And a large majority of Americans believe that global warming made several high profile extreme weather events worse, including record high summer temperatures nationwide, droughts in Texas and Oklahoma, catastrophic Mississippi River flooding, Hurricane Irene and an unusually warm winter.The IPCC wants world leaders to err on the side of caution in preparing their citizens for extreme weather events that will likely become more frequent; earlier this year they released a report entitled “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation” to help policymakers do just that. The report is considered a must read in coastal, arid and other especially vulnerable areas.As for the U.S. government, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tracks weather and storms, while the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) deals with the impacts of extreme weather and other disasters. But critics would like to see Congress and the White House do more to increase Americans’ preparedness. “The U.S. [in 2011] experienced a record fourteen weather-related disasters each in excess of a billion dollars—and many more disasters of lesser magnitudes,” reports the non-profit Climate Science Watch (CSW). “Yet the U.S. has no national climate change preparedness strategy; and Federal efforts to address the rising risks have been undermined through budget cuts and other means.” CSW and others are calling for the creation of a new cabinet-level agency called the National Climate Service to oversee both climate change mitigation as well as preparedness for increasingly extreme weather events.CONTACTS: IPCC report, www.ipcc-wg2.gov/SREX/images/uploads/SREX-SPMbrochure_FINAL.pdf; Yale Project, http://environment.yale.edu/climate/files/Extreme-Weather-Climate-Preparedness.pdf; FEMA, www.fema.gov; NOAA, www.noaa.gov; Climate Science Watch, www.climatesciencewatch.org.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.
Race DetailsWhen: March 30, 2013Where: Near Hayesville, North CarolinaWhat: 10, 20, 50 mile Adventure Race/Trail RaceStart time: 8:00 amRace size: 300Website: www.jackrabbitadventurerace.comThere will be 2 different adventure races held the same day, a 6 and a 12 hour. They will consist of traditional adventure race format, with teams navigating by map and compass, and searching for checkpoints along the way. All racers will receive a long sleeve wicking shirt and post race meal. Cash prizes for the winning 3 person coed team in both races. Registration is open at the race website.Event Start Location: Somewhere around Hayesville, NC(exact location will be disclosed in a racer update email one week before the race.)Course Descriptions:6 Hour: This beginner friendly/sprint race will utilize the fast and flowing Jackrabbit Mt Biking/Hiking trails and the surrounding Lake Chatuge area, and will require only basic navigational skills, while still providing a challenging course for the more experienced racer. Teams will be mountain biking, trail running/trekking, and paddling(flat and/or moving water) their way around the course. This race will cover approx. 20 miles(10-12 miles biking, 2-3 miles trekking, and 5-6 miles paddling) and all maps will be pre-plotted.12 Hour: This course will be much harder, covering approx. 50 miles around a course that will take racers into the Chattahoochee and/or Nantahala National Forests. This race is sure to get the AR juices flowing and put those cold winter months behind in preparation for a new racing season. Teams will be mountain biking, trekking, and paddling(flat and/or moving water) and its anybody’s guess where this adventure might take you. This course will also be the perfect chance for less experienced teams to take their racing to the next level, as there will be options(depending on skill, strategy, and time management) for these teams to cross the finish with their heads held high. One things for sure, though, this course will require good strategy, teamwork, and navigating skills, regardless of a teams experience.Insanity Trail Race: New at the Jackrabbit in 2013, The Insanity Trail Race! This race will take place at the same time as our 6 and 12 hour races, with a start time around 10:00am. What is an Insanity Trail Race? Think of it as a trail race that doesn’t stick to the trails, an AR with no navigation or fear of getting lost, and an obstacle course race where the only obstacles are the ones mother nature puts in your way. Runners will be making their way around a flagged course, on and off trails, to reach various checkpoints along the way to verify they stayed on course. This race will include lots of bushwhacking, climbing, sliding, scrambling, rock hopping, creek running, and any other craziness we decide to throw in! The course will be approx. 8-12 miles long with finishing times expected to be between 3 and 6 hours. There will be one water/aid station approx. halfway through the course. Racers will be required to carry their own water and food otherwise.There will be 3 divisions, solo male, solo female, and teams:Solos: This will be our elite division with winning male and female receiving cash prize.Teams: Can be of any size and must stay together and finish together. Time is calculated when all members cross the finish line. Prizes will be awarded to all members of the winning team.All racers will receive long sleeve wicking T’s and post race meal, as well as other goodies and a chance at the raffle!Exact start/finish will be within 30 minute drive of registration, and will be disclosed at packet pick-up/registration on morning of race between 6-8:30 am or Friday evening between 5:00-8:00pm.Check out the Jackrabbit site for further details! www.jackrabbitadventurerace.comRace ContactDale [email protected]
THUMBS UPThere are 84,000 dams in the U.S. that provide flood control, drinking water, agricultural irrigation, hydropower, and recreation. Dams are engineered structures—like roads, bridges, and railroads—that make our high quality of life possible. Most dams that exist in the U.S. were constructed between 1950 and 1990. As with much U.S. infrastructure, many existing river dams are aging and in need of repair, rehabilitation, or even removal if they have out-lived their original purposes.Hydropower is one of the crucial uses for dams, but less than 3 percent of existing dams produce hydroelectricity. Hydropower is the largest source of renewable electricity in the U.S. In addition to providing baseload and peaking power, hydropower projects also keep electrical transmission systems working smoothly.The potential adverse impacts of dams are well documented, to be sure. These may include altered stream flow, habitat degradation, blockage of the upstream and downstream migrations of fish, mortality of fish passing through turbines, and lower rates of dissolved oxygen downstream of dams.Over the last several decades, however, an extensive regulatory system has been developed to detect and correct such problems. For example, the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) operates a voluntary certification process that identifies hydropower projects that have reduced their impacts and are investing in improvements in their local rivers. LIHI evaluates projects based on specific criteria: water release patterns below the project, water quality, fish passage, protection of threatened/endangered species, cultural resources, recreation, and requests for dam removal. More than 100 projects in 27 states have satisfied all of the LIHI criteria.The fact that dams have the potential for adverse effects cannot be denied, but many of these can be reduced or eliminated with good siting and operation, plus modern mitigation practices. When dams are well managed, their net benefits are strongly positive.Dr. Michael J. Sale is the executive director for the Low Impact Hydro Institute.THUMBS DOWNWild rivers—ones that run free from headwaters to confluence—have nearly been wiped from the map and from our imagination. “Working” rivers—rivers with dams—have been replacing them. Modern dams, permanent and concreted, are the most charismatic of the giant water projects: nameable, decorated, architectural, triumphant, wired. The Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation have practiced other similar techniques of reshaping terrain, including levees, canals, pipelines, jetties. Dams might be the most devastating.Dams disrupt natural systems and thwart the work of rivers. Dams block fish runs and seasonal flood patterns—thus also their redistribution of nutrients, like marine nitrogen delivered by salmon to feed forests far inland. Hydroelectricity and irrigation are far more expensive when we count down-the-line costs of blocking forest regrowth, aquifer recharge, and topsoil renewal. Instead, dams encourage unsustainable growth, such as the mirage-metropolises of Phoenix and Las Vegas. Out-of-place agriculture makes deserts bloom briefly, but then leaves fields salted, palms wilting.Dams displace people, often indigenous people and powerless people, from their river lifelines. In Tennessee and Kentucky, I grew up loving TVA lakes, not knowing that those lakes had drowned fertile bottomlands, homes, graveyards, living creeks, and human memories. The lakes were controlled and speedboat-clogged, with stinking bathtub-rings of stripped chert and shale.The same story can be found across the country and around the world. In California, the Winnemem Wintu tribe fights a Shasta Dam add-on that will flood vital sacred sites. The Winnemem’s ongoing displacement is mirrored in language endangerment; only a few fluent speakers remain. In China, Three Gorges dam has displaced over one million people. Worldwide, dams also displace democracy. Dams are built as required elements of World Bank and IMF deals that rarely benefit the local people. Most of the generated hydropower is delivered to big cities, not the rural villages displaced by the dams.Dams are made to fail. Huge reservoir surfaces mean terrible annual evaporation losses. Even the largest reservoirs silt up; Hoover Dam’s reservoir has less than 100 years left. Because of dams’ intense resource concentration, it’s an expensive failure. And dam collapse is nightmarish: catastrophic release of scouring grit, heavy metals, and tainted mud down-river.Dams are not the solution to our energy crisis. Solar and wind can provide far more reliable, long-term energy than hydropower with far fewer environmental costs.Wild, free-flowing rivers also provide the best recreation, whether you’re an angler, whitewater paddler, or swimming hole enthusiast. Rather than hordes of pollution- spewing speedboats on artifical lakes, the waters of Appalachia can once again run free and clean. The Blue Ridge is one of the world’s most ideal spots for wild, free-flowing rivers enjoyed by anglers, kayakers, and hikers—as well as by healthy, intact, abundant ecosystems.It’s hard to see our way past dams to rivers that will really work again. But dam removal projects are gaining popularity. Once dams go, we’ll rediscover the wonders of wild, clear rivers teeming with fish.July Cole is co-editor of Dam Nation: Dispatches from the Water Underground.
A lot of people ask me what a typical day-in-the-life on the road is like. It’s a hard question to answer. Some weeks I’m at one of our office locations, cranking away at articles behind a desk from 9–5 like the rest of the world. Other days I’m driving for hours up and down backcountry roads and interstates, en route to the next destination. But a lot of those mundane days are broken up with fun stuff, and even when I’m stuck in the office with my spread of notes before me, three cups of coffee deep, I’m usually writing about one of my most recent adventures, so it’s really not that bad.In May, I hit the road for Brevard, N.C., to do some research on this month’s road trip issue. In particular, I was in town for one thing: Looking Glass. Probably one of the most iconic climbing destinations in western North Carolina, Looking Glass is located in Pisgah National Forest and can be seen from multiple overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s a striking granite monolith that rises from the forest floor, reflecting the sun’s brilliance overhead (hence the name).I’d never been to Looking Glass Rock before, and decided I was overdue. With the help of brothers and climbers Jonathan & Michael Dull, we shimmied up the 300-foot multi-pitch route Rat’s Ass before the inevitable afternoon showers rolled in.Gotta say, some days, I really do love the view from the office! Can’t beat it.
I woke up to my one-year-old son puking at 3 a.m. He hurled all over me as I gathered him in my arms and ran to the bathroom. A few minutes later he was settled into a warm bath when a wave of nausea rose in my own belly. I kneeled in front of the toilet bowl, heaving for all I was worth. My son started giggling. Not a titter, but a full on laugh. At least he thought it was funny.After I rinsed my mouth and wiped my face, I started smiling too. I was a single mom raising my son far away from family and friends while trying to work full time to support us. There were nights when I wasn’t sure how I would make it – I was tired, alone and stressed. I felt stuck in Asheville, an area then unfamiliar to me, far away from my beloved California where I had spent a decade kayaking, skiing, and climbing, where the rivers and mountains felt like family. But in the wee hours of the morning, still smelling like puke and feeling sick, Tobin’s laugh was contagious.That weekend I decided to embrace living in Western North Carolina with an infant. Leaving stacks of dirty dishes and mounds of laundry behind, I threw camping gear into the truck and buckled Tobin in his car seat.I heard of a place called the Cherohala Skyway connecting North Carolina to Tennessee. Beyond its beauty, I couldn’t find much information about it. Tobin, my friend Meghan and I decided to take a look. We pulled into a campground that night and a dozen motorcycles were propped alongside the check-in building. Men with long grey beards and bandannas sat on the porch.I climbed out of the pickup in a sundress and flip flops, hoisting Tobin on my hip. Meghan got out of the car in a pair of shorts and a tank top.“Wherein’ your fellas?” one of the guys asked.My reply that it was just us was met with a round of applause.We spent the evening with them, sampling their moonshine, while they took turns jostling Tobin on their laps. They pulled out their wallets and showed us photos of their grandkids. The next day when we say them on a pull-out along the Cherohala Skyway, we posed on their bikes.Taking my son along meant that we traveled at a slower pace, but we managed to find adventure wherever we went. Slowing down allowed me to look around and the more I looked, the more I noticed. I started jotting down notes that turned into an idea for an article. I submitted a pitch for an article about the Cherohala Skyway over a dozen times before the editor of Blue Ridge Outdoors responded.After I’d written a few feature articles, we talked about an advice column and proposed a few alter egos, eventually settling on Mountain Mama.There are still days when I take Tobin hiking or canoeing and he has temper tantrum two hours from the truck. Sometimes his meltdowns come at the end of a long work week when we’re supposed to be having fun. That’s when it’s nice to channel Mountain Mama. She never loses her sense of humor, she’s never too tired to swoop up an exhausted kid.In the process of writing and exploring the area, I’ve fallen in love with Western North Carolina and consider it home. The curve of the mountains on the horizon, the gradations of green in the river’s swirling currents, the first dogwood blooms in the spring, it all tugs at my heart.My life isn’t perfect, not by a long shot. I’m not happy all the time, but I do live as close to my truth as I know how. Writing has helped a lot. So has getting outside and doing uncomfortable things, talking to people I normally wouldn’t and showing up exactly as I am – sometimes messy, sometimes scared, sometimes tired, but always willing to laugh.
Sharon also built friendships with other outdoorsy women at the drop-zone and through her work. She began hiking and rock climbing as a result. One of her first dates with her husband, Telvis, was a camping trip in the north Georgia mountains. It was his first time stargazing far away from the city lights. By the time she became pregnant with her eldest, Sharon already knew what it felt like to camp under the stars, hike through the woods and jump out of a perfectly good airplane. Having her own outdoor interests and goals gave her confidence and a sense of accomplishment. It also prepared her for the next challenge in her life: raising outdoor kids. The Calhoun girls enjoy a hike at Kennesaw Mountain. Photo courtesy of Sharon Calhoun Have Your Own Outdoor Hobbies Sharon learned early on that her daughters have different likes and preferences. Her oldest daughter loves fishing and soccer along with indoor activities like reading. Her 6-year-old loves roaming barefoot, running through the grass, turning cartwheels and digging through the dirt for frogs and insects. That makes it more of a challenge to keep both of them engaged in the outdoors. As a result, Sharon and her husband are intentional about exposing their daughters to a range of outdoor experiences. They Stay Home The Boy Scouts of America recently opened their scouting program to all genders in part to court millennial parents and families of color. Another is Hike It Baby, which coordinates 30,000 hikes a year for families enrolled across 300 chapters. They are launching their Littlest Hiker program to help the organization reach its full potential; enabling families across all races, socioeconomic backgrounds, experience and ability levels to get outdoors. Sharon’s husband Telvis poses for a photo with the kids. Photo courtesy of Sharon Calhoun The message is never that they have to be one thing. Her daughters enjoy trying new things, learning, and most of all—spending time with family in the outdoors. Sharon learned to fish when she was 13-years-old. Her neighbor across the street had a little fishing pond so she went over there to learn. She’s passing the same curiosity off to her daughters. Whenever they vacation near a body of water, they rent poles, bait hooks and fish as a family. The girls love it! They learn, and fail and grow without the pressure of competition or expense of structured activities. The Veteran’s Park near their home outside Atlanta also has a catch-and-release pond which they look forward to visiting. Fishing is just one activity that they enjoy doing together as a family. Photo courtesy of Sharon Calhoun So they don’t just hike, they go to cultural events in downtown Atlanta like the Dogwood Festival in Piedmont Park. Sharon also enjoys taking day trips and walking around Atlanta with the girls. She explains that “to me exploring and cityscapes are part of getting outside. Atlanta has ample parks and a very beautiful cityscape.” So for all the moms out there living and working in urban environments, the next time someone asks if you consider yourself outdoorsy the answer is yes! Try New Things The weekends are for adventures but they don’t have to look a certain way. “There’s so much to do in Atlanta without having to pay money,” Sharon explains. They’ve visited the fountains in Centennial Olympic Park and gone tubing on the Chattahoochee river in Helen, Georgia. They’ve also done local 5ks together along with apple and berry picking, hayrides and corn mazes each Fall. The Calhouns enjoy a range of outdoor activities including berry picking at a local farm. Photo courtesy of Telvis Calhou For the Calhouns, raising outdoorsy kids means letting them fail, grow, learn and play! Photo courtesy of Telvis Calhoun Before Sharon had her daughters she boldly pursued her own outdoor passions and found new ones along the way. After growing up in a Florida orange grove, Sharon moved to Georgia and spent her early 20s trying out a range of new hobbies. She learned to skydive in 2002 when she was 24 and accumulated a total of 400 jumps over the next few years as she traveled to cities across the United States. One solution is for families like the Calhouns to expose their kids to different outdoor activities while allowing them to grow, fail, learn and play in safe, culturally competent environments. Several national organizations are also pivoting in this direction. There are also years of structural racism which have a devastating practical application: if you are a black child in the United States, it is statistically more likely that your parents did not grow up hiking or swimming. In many cases, they were never taught because their parents never learned. And their parents never learned because of Jim Crow segregation in pools, beaches, parks and recreation areas across the U.S. The Calhouns enjoy the family friendly trails at Sole Creek. Photo courtesy of Sharon Calhoun Sometimes they stay home! Not every adventure requires leaving the neighborhood or even the backyard. Not all play has to be structured. Not all play requires expensive lessons or gear. Sharon describes herself as a “backyard mom. If the weather is permitting we get outside. We have a wooded area behind our house. We play make-believe games.” Adventure can happen without ever leaving home. They fly kites and play outdoors. And yes sometimes they watch PBS and read books. The Calhouns also visit Stone Mountain, a Confederate memorial with ample hiking trails, a ropes course, sky cable and children’s area located in a privately owned park just 35 mins away from Atlanta. During the summer they travel as far as Tallulah Gorge State Park in the Chattahoochee National Forest in order to hike the steep, cliff-lined trails and splash in the waterfalls below. Stay Local The Calhoun girls pose for a photo atop Stone Mountain. Photo courtesy of Sharon Calhoun Recently, they traveled 3 hrs to Tuskegee, AL to participate in a Legacy Flight Academy “Eyes Above the Horizon” event. Her daughters met a few of the 150 commercial and military rated black female pilots in the United States. For her girls, the event was an exciting reminder that the possibilities are endless! They can try new things and be whomever they choose to be—but it wasn’t always this way. For Sharon, raising outdoor kids requires balance. Her partner is an introvert who can spend an afternoon on the couch devouring a book from start to finish. She describes herself as an “introvert with extroverted tendencies. I have to get outside. I need to see the sun and feel the sun on me.” He supports her love of skydiving, even though he’s not interested in jumping out of a plane anytime soon. She supports his pursuits. And together they’re raising an outdoor family! Sharon and her youngest daughter race together in a local 5k. Photo courtesy of Sharon Calhoun Studies show that learning new things is much harder when you’re the only one who looks like you. It’s one structural barrier that presents a challenge for outdoorsy people of color. Learning a new outdoor activity in a non-diverse group can be intimidating when there’s a possibility that their novice mistakes might be misattributed to their race or gender. Sharon plays with her youngest daughter in their backyard in Canton, GA. Photo courtesy of Telvis Calhoun Sharon and her husband maximize the time they spend together in the outdoors by exploring what’s available locally. She started hiking with her girls when they were toddlers. Today, they regularly make the trip to Kennesaw Mountain for family hikes. Kennesaw is a Civil War battlefield and a national park constructed on Creek and Cherokee land. It offers a scenic overlook and family friendly hiking trails—all within a 45 minute drive of Atlanta. Raising outdoor kids is no easy feat in the age of iPads, Paw Patrol, Baby Shark, and streaming services. Sharon Calhoun is a Georgia mom doing just that. She and her husband Telvis are co-parenting two little girls, aged six and nine-years-old. She’s been intentional about cultivating a love of the outdoors in her family. We interviewed her recently to see how she has managed to successfully raise two outdoor kids. Here’s what we learned from her story: Let them Fail Sharon learned to skydive in 2002 when she was 24 years old. Today she is one of a handful of active black women skydivers in the U.S. Photo courtesy of Sharon Calhoun. Her youngest daughters learn about aviation from one of the Coast Guard “Fab Five”, Lieutenant Christine Angel Hughes. Photo courtesy of Sharon Calhoun Sharon poses for a photo with her daughters atop Stone Mountain. Photo courtesy of Sharon Calhoun
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