AIF Blog - Environment

August 24, 2018
Jeff Goodell speaks with Christiana Figueres about optimism around climate change: a seemingly impossible challenge. They spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June.Costa Rican diplomat Christiana Figueres led the global adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015, and continues to fight for the climate today in her work with Mission 2020. Working to reduce greenhouse gases globally can be frustrating, she admits, but...
August 02, 2018
Eileen Fisher, founder of Eileen Fisher, Inc., speaks on a panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June.By Judith Samuelson, vice president, founder, and executive director of the Aspen Institute's Business and Society ProgramAs a reprieve from the antics and egos of certain executives, turbulence in capital markets, mergers imagined and challenged, it’s refreshing to hang out around a business woman with...
June 26, 2018
Janine Benyus is a natural sciences writer, speaker, and the co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8, a bio-inspired consultancy. She will speak in the Aspen Ideas Festival program track, Design for the New Normal. Below, she speaks with us about the exciting innovations in Biomimicry, a field she helped popularize. How do you explain biomimicry to people who have never heard of it before?Biomimicry is an innovation method...
June 14, 2018
 Anote Tong, former president of the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati, prepares to speak in Paris on the future of his nation and rising sea levels. He appears in filmmaker Matthieu Rytz's new film Anote's Ark, which will be shown at the Aspen Ideas Festival.The films screened at Aspen Ideas and Spotlight Health are open to the public. Public tickets for films go on sale 9am (MST) June 15. ...
May 17, 2018
 Kitty Boone is the director of the Aspen Ideas Festival, which starts with Spotlight Health on June 21. What We’ve Been Up ToIt's our 14th year of programming the Festival, and we're excited to bring remarkable experts and deep thinkers to our stage once again. The speakers and conversations change every year, but our goal stays the same — to continue to highlight what's important now and what will have far-...
March 08, 2018
Presenters left to right, top row: Vanessa Mason, Ted Koppel, Grace Anne Dorney Koppel, Atul Gawande, Karen DeSalvo, Mark Smolinski Presenters left to right, bottom row: Larry Smarr, Kwanele Asante, Gary Reedy, Jerome Adams, Tollulah Oni, Larry MerloIt’s a busy time behind the scenes of Spotlight Health. Each day, we hear from the world’s most inspiring and knowledgeable leaders in health, medicine, and science,...
December 21, 2017
 Jeffrey Sachs, a world-renowned professor of economics, is featured in one of our most popular podcast episodes. He spoke at Spotlight Health in 2017. Podcast listeners in 2017 heard about technology, politics, loneliness, and creativity in our Aspen Ideas to Go podcast. The weekly show features onstage discussions from Aspen Institute events, including the Aspen Ideas Festival. Sit back, and enjoy our...
November 13, 2017
 Attendees gather for a discussion during the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival. The 2018 Festival will be held June 21 - 30. Seismic Shifts, Our Imperfect Union, The Sexes and Our Planet, Our Health are some of the tracks we’ll explore at the 2018 Aspen Ideas and Spotlight Health. These topics reflect some of the most significant ideas and issues that touch all parts of society. Find a full list of the 2018 tracks here. ...
September 28, 2017
 Governor John Hickenlooper speaks with Aspen Institute Executive Vice President Elliot Gerson at the Maroon Bells during the Aspen Ideas Festival.  Back in June, the Trump administration announced the United States would withdraw from the Paris Agreement, a global effort to combat climate change. Since then, US governors have stepped in and shown their commitment to securing a clean energy future. Colorado Governor...
September 05, 2017
Former US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz speaks with Susan Tierney at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June.What are the consequences of the United States backing out of the Paris Climate Agreement? In June, the Trump administration announced the move. In this episode, former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says exiting the Agreement is bad for science-based decision making, national and energy security, and innovation....

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