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Aspen students have a variety of demonstrations planned Friday to call attention to climate change and urge action to change its course. 

In the morning, students from Aspen public schools and Aspen Country Day School will take part in a global school walkout. In the afternoon, however, the demonstrations will take a turn for the artistic.   

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When Reverend Lennox Yearwood, Jr., founded the political action organization Hip Hop Caucus, his focus was on inspiring young people to get involved in civic issues.

Climate change is now a top priority for the group, and Yearwood is in Aspen to discuss the connections between environmental advocacy and civil rights.

On Friday, a group of Glenwood Springs High School students joined teens all around the globe, demanding government action on climate change.  

Aspen Skiing Company

Aspen Skiing Company announced Wednesday that it is once again stepping into the political arena with its latest advertising campaign; this season’s marketing focuses on climate change.

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Two years ago, Colt Whitley qualified for his first cross-country skiing junior national championships in Cable, Wis. But there were some unexpected challenges.

Anne Marie Panetta

New research from the University of Colorado-Boulder has established a link between a warming climate and extinction of a common mountain wildflower.

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The City of Aspen first adopted a climate action plan in 2007, with a target of an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. City staff has promoted energy efficiency, increased mass transit and supported a bike share program. These actions have reduced emissions. But Aspen’s population has grown, and those reductions have been somewhat lackluster.

Earlier this week, Aspen City Council heard an update on how the community can reach its lofty goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It's going to take some teamwork.

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Earlier this year, the Town of Basalt signed on to Eagle County’s climate action plan. Tuesday, Town Council is expected to sign a letter of intent to work with other communities in the county to reduce greenhouse gases. But Basalt isn’t going to commit any money toward the collaborative.

 

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The City of Aspen has big aspirations for climate action, and now officials think they have the tools to reach those goals.

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Pitkin County Commissioners are set to adopt a climate action plan that details how county departments can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Pitkin County’s plan for dealing with natural hazards is due for an update. The 2017 edition will consider climate change impacts.

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The Carbondale Board of Trustees is scheduled to review a draft Climate Action Plan tomorrow night.

A decade ago, City of Aspen officials identified a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by the year 2020. But, with just three years left on that target, those emissions are down only 7.5 percent. Workers with the Canary Initiative, Aspen’s climate team, are devising a new plan that will identify specific steps to make progress.

Aspen Global Change Institute

When it comes to impacts from climate change, communities across the world are in trouble. That’s according to a Portugal-based professor of Environmental Psychology. Jose Palma spoke in Aspen about how communities must become more resilient. He told Marci Krivonen ecosystems are increasingly vulnerable and societies are stressed, and less able to handle change.

Jose Palma is with the University of Lisbon. He gave a public lecture Wednesday on behalf of the Aspen Global Change Institute.

Gov. Hickenlooper supports Obama's Climate Action Plan

Aug 10, 2015
Marci Krivonen

A discussion at the Aspen Institute Monday (8/10) featuring Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper touched on a range of issues: foreign policy, teen pregnancy, marijuana and climate change. 

On climate change, Hickenlooper says it’s important to have clean air at high altitude. He supports President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and intends to enact it in Colorado.

Your Morning News - January 7th, 2015

Jan 7, 2015

New Healthcare Enrollment Numbers

More than 3,000 people in Pitkin, Garfield, and Eagle counties have signed up for private health insurance since November 15th.

3,330 residents of the three counties signed up between November 15th and December 15th. That’s for health care coverage starting in 2015 according to the online health insurance marketplace, Connect for Health. Megan Burch is overseeing the effort to help residents in the Roaring Fork Valley and Eagle County sign up for health insurance.

“We’re really thrilled with the enrollment numbers to date, and they’re tracking very closely to our goals for this second enrollment period.”

The difference is Garfield County is about seven hundred people short of that overall goal. So Burch’s office is planning more outreach and events there to help residents sign up for health insurance.

Facebook/Deep: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow

A Brooklyn-based author is exploring the effects of climate change on ski resorts from Europe to Montana and Colorado. Porter Fox wrote Deep: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow. In it, Porter explores the lengthy history of skiing and talks to skiers and scientists around the world. He finds what he calls a “shocking truth,” that climate change could wipe out skiing over the next 75 years. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Porter.