‘Broken Earth Day’ is set for Saturday | AspenTimes.com

‘Broken Earth Day’ is set for Saturday

ASPEN – Climate Impacts Day is Saturday in Aspen, with a variety of events scheduled.

The goal of the event is to raise awareness about how climate change relates to pine-beetle infestations, wildfires and an increasing lack of snow.

From 2 to 5 p.m. at the Gondola Plaza, events include the Climate Challenge Snowless Ski Race on Aspen Mountain, a photography contest and gallery, speakers, live music, and food and drink specials at Ajax Tavern. Additionally, there will be kids activities such as arts, crafts, a bounce house, farm animals, free snow cones and more.

From 5 to 7 p.m. at Belly Up, there will be a screening of “Chasing Ice,” a documentary by Colorado photographer James Balog.

“We just celebrated Earth Day. May 5 is more like Broken Earth Day, a worldwide witness to the destruction global warming is already causing,” said Bill McKibben, the founder of 350.org, the global climate campaign that is coordinating the events. “People everywhere are saying the same thing: Our tragedy is not some isolated trauma – it’s part of a pattern.”

The event is sponsored by 350.org and the Aspen Art Museum, the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, the Aspen Global Climate Institute, the Aspen School District Sustainability Group, Aspen Skiing Co., Aspen T.R.E.E., Aspen ZGreen, Belly Up, the city of Aspen Canary Initiative, the Community Office for Resource Efficiency, Littell Electric Inc., POP, Protect Our Winters and the Snowmass Village Environmental Advisory board.

A complete list of highlighted events around the world is available at http://www.climatedots.org.

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