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Climate groups host “Beyond the Strike” forum

By October 21, 2019 May 8th, 2020 No Comments

Click on the image to see the Sopris Sun’s coverage of the forum.

Oct. 21, 2019 – Last month, more than 4 million people participated in youth-led climate strikes around the world, including events in Carbondale and Aspen.

Two valley nonprofits are seeking to build on that momentum with “Beyond the Strike,” a regional public forum in Carbondale on Wednesday, Oct. 23. The free event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Third Street Center, 520 S. 3rd St.

The forum will focus on solutions and positive actions that communities and the wider region can take to address climate change by speeding the transition to a clean energy economy.

Headlining the event will be a panel discussion of area elected officials and energy experts. Confirmed panelists include Holy Cross Energy CEO Bryan Hannegan, Kevin Brehm of Rocky Mountain Institute’s Shine Initiative, former State Senator Gail Schwartz, Aspen Mayor Torre, Basalt Town Council Member Bill Infante, Carbondale Trustee Ben Bohmfalk and Glenwood Springs Council Member Paula Stepp.

The forum will also feature opening statements from area students, an overview of clean energy progress in the region, and an opportunity for the public to give input on upcoming plans and actions. Event organizers note that this input will be well timed to influence 2020 budget decisions.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the event, which is hosted by Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER), the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) and the Town of Carbondale.

Other local groups will be on hand to provide information about their work, including the Carbondale Environmental Board, 350.org, Wilderness Workshop, RFTA, Conservation Colorado, Holy Cross Energy, Sunsense, Neighbors in Action, the Farm Collaborative, US Green Building Council, Way of Compassion Bicycle Project, Alpine Bank, Greenline Architects and the Basalt Green Team.

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