Vail Symposium announces updates to winter season schedule |

Vail Symposium announces updates to winter season schedule

Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado
Simon Tay

VAIL, Colorado In the midst of the 2009 winter schedule of 27 programs, the Vail Symposium has announced an additional Hot Topic program and a replacement for one of its Unlimited Adventure speakers.

Originally-scheduled Cameron Glendenning had to cancel his appearance in Vail on Thursday due to the launch of a new Discovery Channel program but plans to appear in 2010. In his place, award-winning National Geographic photographer Pete McBride will present images from Journey from Source to Sea: Down the Colorado River, the first-ever exploration of the length of the river. As part of the Colorado River Project, this expedition is a call to arms for sustainable water solutions in the Basin and for environmental and cultural restoration in the Lower Colorado River.McBrides photography will show through many aerial images and time on the river how diversions and drought have transformed habitats and communities. His lens will show the beauty and wilderness still to be found (and conserved) along the Colorado River. The images, which will premiere at Unlimited Adventures, will be published in a book to be announced. McBride is an award-winning, self-taught photographer and journalist whose love of adventure, cultures and the outdoors have taken him on assignment throughout the world to more than 50 countries. He has traveled from the jungles of Africa and the glaciers of Everest to the mines of Bolivia and the beat of Cubas streets and the depths of the South Pacific.His photography honors include awards from Pictures of the Year International, Communication Arts, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of Publication Designers. His work has appeared in Esquire, National Geographic, Outside, Smithsonian Magazine, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine and many other worldwide publications. Raised on a Colorado cattle ranch, he resides in Basalt.

As we face an intertwined crisis in the economy and the global environment, Asia is an essential part of the challenge and a key to a potential solution. Dealing with climate change requires a global strategy that must bring a consensus from the East and West. Asian countries differ from the developed world, given their large population size, persistent poverty and need for development. Therefore, the economic crisis threatens to further impact the environmental consequences. For example, China, India and Indonesia, are rapidly increasing their carbon emissions. On April 2, the Symposiums Hot Topic Series will present Asias Rise: What Will It Cost the Earth? Simon Tay will survey Asias climate change challenge and its economic impact. Can and should Asians change the terms of the debate to emphasize not just limits to emissions but questions of equity? Which path will lead us all towards sustainable development?Tay is a Bernard Swartz Fellow at the Asia Society in New York and Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, a non-governmental think tank that represents Singapore in the influential ASEAN-ISIS network of regional think tanks. Tay teaches international law at the National University of Singapore. Since July 2002, he has been chairman of the National Environment Agency, the countrys major agency for environmental protection and public health. He was a Fulbright scholar and visiting professor at Harvard Law School and the Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy. In 2000, the World Economic Forum named him a global leader of tomorrow, and in 2002, he was awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship, one of Singapores first non-governmental recipients of that award. He served on Singapores Parliament. Each year, the Symposium offers one bring a friend for free Hot Topic program. This two-for-one event costs $25 for general admission and $20 for Symposium donors.To view the full Vail Symposium winter schedule, visit

What: Vail Symposium and Vail Public Librarys Unlimited Adventures Series continues with Pete McBride, National Geographic photographer and explorerWhen: 6 to 7:15 p.m., ThursdayWhere: Donovan Pavilion in VailCost: FreeWhat: Hot Topic with Simon Tay : Asias Rise: What Will It Cost the Earth?When: April 2, 5:30 to 6 p.m. meet & greet; 6 to 7:15 p.m. discussionWhere: Arrabelle Hotel, LionsheadCost: $25 or $20 for Symposium donors. Bring a friend for free.More information: call 970-476-0954 or visit

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