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Aspen, CO Colorado

If you’re unclear on the science behind global warming or want to learn more about renewable-energy technologies, then this is the right week to be in Aspen.

AREDAY, then known as Aspen Renewable Energy Day, began four years ago as an event to raise awareness about climate change and energy efficiency. It was a good idea then, but AREDAY is even better now that the Aspen Institute has thrown its considerable muscle behind the event and opened Paepcke Auditorium for certain activities. In keeping with the expanded agenda, it’s now called American Renewable Energy Day.

Among the high-powered speakers appearing this week are media mogul and environmentalist Ted Turner in an “armchair conversation” with Pat Mitchell, former president of the Public Broadcasting System, and a talk by environmental activist and energy expert Lester Brown. The Turner-Mitchell event costs a modest $20, but other AREDAY events are free to the public.

If you’re looking for a more spiritual approach to planetary science, then consider “Connecting Carbon and Spirit,” a discussion at the Wheeler Opera House between philanthropist Peter Buffett (son of billionaire Warren), Lakota Chief Arvol Looking Horse and others. AREDAY founder and organizer Chip Comins will moderate that discussion.

These are just some of the highlights of the three-day event, which runs Thursday through Saturday. Other attractions include “Fields of Fuel,” a 2008 Sundance Film Festival award winner about biodiesel as a potential solution to America’s dependence on oil; also screening will be the film “Burning the Future: Coal in America,” about the West Virginia coal-mining industry.

A roster of other government officials, nonprofit leaders, policy experts and activists will be on hand, appearing at panel discussions and answering questions from the public. There will also be music from Woody Creeker John Oates, along with others. AREDAY is one of those rare, only-in-Aspen kinds of opportunities to listen, learn and broaden your mind on one of the most pressing issues of our time.

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