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Amy Moritz's Power Take: Jonathan Toews speaks out for the environment

Hockey players, for the most part, aren't very active when it comes to social issues. There are exceptions, particularly for one day in January when the Canadian telecommunications company Bell has a social media blitz to raise money for and awareness of mental health issues. But aside from a tweet on that day, NHL players are usually mum when it comes to the world outside the rink.

Which is why so many people are talking about an Instagram post from Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews.

"Whether you're super pumped that we are putting 'Americans first' or you are absolutely outraged at the idea that we are taking yet another step backwards in dealing with a major global problem, the only way to solve this argument is to try and set your own agenda aside and see how this affects everybody," Toews wrote on his post. "The only lie we tell ourselves is that we are more special than other life forms on the planet. Well, we're not."

While trying to walk a fine political line, Toews nonetheless took a risk by calling for open minds when it comes to environmental issues. And it's a risk that would be great to see more NHLers take.

Do you believe in climate change? Whether you're super pumped that we are putting 'Americans first' or you are absolutely outraged at the idea that we are taking yet another step backwards in dealing with a major global problem, the only way to solve this argument is to try and set your own agenda aside and see how this affects everybody. The only lie we tell ourselves is that we are more special than other life forms on the planet. Well, we're not. Even if we weren't responsible for any major climate catastrophes heading our way, shouldn't we still do our part to preserve what we have left? The same way that we shouldn't wait till our bodies break down completely to start doing the right things to stay healthy, let's not wait till it's too late to do something. I am not saying I am perfectly 'green', but the first step is to keep an open mind and try to learn what you don't already know.

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