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'Nature Needs Half' Takes Center Stage At AREDAY Summit


The 2018 AREDAY Summit kicks off today, and it includes conversations about setting aside half of the world for nature.



Nature Needs Half is a coalition of scientists and conservationists working to protect half of the world’s lands and seascapes for wildlife and the natural world. Amy Lewis, vice president of the Wild Foundation, a conservation organization that initiated the Nature Needs Half network, is in Snowmass this week for the conference, and she talked with Elizabeth Stewart-Severy about the Nature Needs Half movement.


"If more than half of an ecosystem is degraded, you start to drastically lose ecological functionality and ecological services,” Lewis said.


She is one of nearly 200 speakers at this year's AREDAY summit, where topics include BlockChain technology, renewable energy and the intersection of civil rights and climate change.




Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.