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A warm thanks

Dear Editor:

On May 5, we joined thousands of people in more than 100 countries to connect the dots between extreme weather and climate change.

We’d like to thank: Sally Sparhawk, of the Snowmass Village Environmental Advisory Board; Lesley Campogne and Chris Jacobson, who conceived of and organized the snowless ski race and fore-ran the course five times; Aspen Valley Snowboard and Ski Club, Mark Cole, and Greg Needell, who set and timed the race; Eric Reische of POPS at Highlands for free snowcones; Brad Miller and Obermeyer, which donated $1,000 in prizes; Aspen Art Museum and artist Andrea Bowers for design, printing and activities for kids; Protect Our Winters; ACES and Oliva Siegel; the city of Aspen’s Jeff Rice, Sam Irmen, Elyse Hottel, Ashley Cantrell and Aspen Utilities; Aspen TREE for the Alpacas, CORE’s Amelia Potvin and Jason Haber; Aspen Skiing Co.’s Lindsy Fortier, Peter King, Jeff Hanle, Deric Gunshor, Buck Erickson, Zach Crittenden and Meredith Mckee; Aspen School Sustainability Group’s Rebecca Weiss, art teacher Rae Lampe, and her students for art and activities; photographers Jeremy Swanson and Jason Dewey; Earth Guardians youth group and Mozingo Paradiso; speakers Mick Ireland, Chris Lane, Peter McBride, Ian Billick, Xiutezcatl Roske-Martinez, and Christina Flores from Aspen High School Green Club; Aspen Global Change Institute; Little Electric, for sponsoring the bounce house; Aspen House of Bounce; 350.org volunteers Bud Wilson, John Klonowski, Cari Jones, Rachel Pauley, and Tim Trentler; James Balog of the Extreme Ice Survey and the directors and producers of “Chasing Ice” for allowing us to screen the film.

All these generous people along with Ajax Tavern, Belly Up and the Limelight Hotel made this a great and memorable event.

Micah Parkin, 350.org

Auden Schendler, Aspen Skiing Co.

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