Just recently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released new climate norms for the U.S. and the world based on the last ten years of data collected by scientists. In this report, the NOAA found that the average temperature in America has risen by half of degree. This year’s Aspen Environment Forum will focus on this report and its ramifications for Americans and the world on June 22-25 in Aspen, Colorado.
Historically, the Aspen Environment Forum has broached controversial and provocative subject matter including reproductive rights and its role in climate change and population control, early man and the long-term capacity of the planet. Hosted by the Aspen Institute in conjunction with the National Geographic, the Aspen Environment Forum aspires to find solutions for these challenging topics through informed and educated discussion and the exchange of ideas.
This year, the fifth year of the forum, will feature top scientists from throughout the world to discuss man’s ability to adapt to the new normal climate conditions. This forum is not designed to be a discussion of the science of climate change, but rather an opportunity to plan for the reality facing the earth.
Just a few of the qualified speakers expected at this year’s forum to discuss this topic are: David Hayes, Deputy Secretary Department of the Interior, Fred Krupp, President of the Environmental Defense Fund, Hari Sreenivasan, President, Walter Isaacson, CEO of The Aspen Institute and E.O. Wilson Professor Emeritus of Harvard University, among many others. Among topics of conversation expected at this meeting, will be more than simply adaptation, but also rectification and reversal of the causes of climate change.
Not only will attendees be part of an environmentally friendly forum, they will also see responsible behavior in action. The Aspen Institute, founded in 1949, was based upon the concepts of humanist Johann von Goethe. The closing documents from their first official gathering stated their mission, “The formation of a world council of international relations to continue the work pioneered at these sessions.”
Today these efforts translate into collaborative carbon offsetting program through which attendees to Aspen Institute events are asked to offset their carbon footprint in their travels to the events, and to practice ‘green policies’ during their time at the forum, and upon their return home. The real power of Aspen Institute events is the lessons translations into real life, away from the conversations and gatherings of like-minded individuals.
As residents of the world, the United States and Aspen come to grips with the ‘new normal’ of our planet and climate, conversations like those taking place in Aspen in late June, will be instrumental to adaptation, preservation and continuation of life on this earth.
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