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Ted Turner to speak in Aspen

Aspen Times Staff Report
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Photo courtesy of periginatioanimae.wordpress.com)Media mogul and environmentalist Ted Turner is among the featured speakers at American Renewable Energy Day, to be held in Aspen in August.
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ASPEN, Colorado ” Media mogul and environmentalist Ted Turner tops the lineup of guest speakers for the fifth annual American Renewable Energy Day in Aspen.

The so-called AREDAY is actually a three-day affair featuring speakers, films, panel discussions and music, to be held Aug. 21-23. Along with Turner, musician/philanthropist Peter Buffet and Earth Policy Institute President Lester Brown are among the scheduled speakers.

The event kicks off on Aug. 21 with a screening of the film “Burning the Future: Coal in America” at Aspen’s Paepcke Auditorium. The documentary examines the conflict between residents of West Virginia’s mountain regions and the coal industry, the ramifications of mountaintop mining and the citizens’ fight to preserve their environment and way of life.

The Aug. 22 lineup at Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House includes the Earth Policy Institute’s Brown, author of “Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization”; Chief Arvol Looking Horse of the Wolakota Foundation; Jerome Ringo, president of the Apollo Alliance; Harris Sherman, executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources; nationally recognized environmental consultant Sally Ranney; representatives from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Presidential Climate Action Project, Native Wind and Rocky Mountain Institute; and other nonprofit leaders, authors and photographers.

“Fields of Fuel” will show Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. at the Wheeler. The film, winner of the Sundance 2008 Audience Award, lays out the case that biodiesel is the fastest and most sustainable means to reducing our country’s dependence on oil and addresses how this can be accomplished.

On Aug. 23, Turner will engage in an armchair interview with Pat Mitchell, former president of PBS and current CEO of the Paley Media Center. Buffet will join the two on stage at the Wheeler Opera House.

“Turner and Buffet’s decision to align themselves with AREDAY demonstrates their desire to bring solutions for climate and energy challenges to the forefront of our national dialogue,” said AREDAY founder and executive director Chip Comins in a press release.

Throughout the day on Aug. 23, panel discussions will offer attendees a chance to hear the experts engage with one another about the future of the planet and the role of renewable energy. The interactive discussions will feature question-and-answer sessions involving the audience.

In addition, AREDAY provides opportunities for the public to engage in renewable energy demonstrations and family activities on the Cooper Street Mall and at Wagner Park, including live music with Aspen’s John Michel and Michael Jude from local band Take the Wheel, and a performance by Woody Creek musician John Oates.

AREDAY will also reach out to younger generations, featuring for the first time a children’s climate solution panel with Lynne Cherry, award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, and Gary Braasch of the International League of Conservation Photographers. The panel will also include children and offer a question-and-answer session with the audience.

AREDAY is a nonprofit organization, created in 2004 with the mission of promoting education and awareness of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies as practical solutions to global warming.

For more on the August event and organization, go to http://www.areday.net.


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