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Climate Action, Storytelling At Center Of CORE's 'Climate Of Love' Workshop

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Have you ever fallen in love with a place, and seen it change before your eyes? That's the question at the root of the Community Office for Resource Efficiency's (CORE) storytelling workshop, which runs throughout the month of August (August 6-27).

CORE is teaming up with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) and Lead with Love for the series, which culminates in a live performance at Rock Bottom Ranch (September 16) where storytellers can perform their work from the series of classes.

The theme of the storytelling workshop is "Climate of Love," and local storyteller Alya Howe will lead the classes, which will explore climate change and environmental science in the Roaring Fork Valley through storytelling. CORE's creative strategy and content director Lara Whitley says the idea is to use art as a tool for social change.

"We are trying to capture the imagination in order to capture participation on climate action, and besides, who doesn't love a good story?"

"We are trying to capture the imagination in order to capture participation on climate action," said Whitley. "And besides, who doesn't love a good story?"

This will be the third year that the live storytelling performance will be held at Rock Bottom Ranch, but the first that the workshop series will be part of the event. CORE and its partners are also offering scholarships for aspiring storytellers. The workshop is open to experienced and amateur writers and kicks off Thursday, August 6.

Kirsten was born and raised in Massachusetts, and has called Colorado home since 2008. She moved to Vail the day after graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011. Before relocating to Basalt in 2020, she also spent a year living in one of Aspen’s sister cities, Queenstown, New Zealand.
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