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Aspen Times Staff Report

The Sopris Foundation’s State of the World Conference will bring some of the country’s leading speakers on environmental, historical and societal issues together for a three-day conference this weekend.

The conference will be held at The Aspen Institute’s Paepcke Auditorium on Friday through Sunday, June 20-22. The presentations last half the day, giving participants plenty of time to enjoy the great outdoors or other activities.

The 2003 conference is entitled, “Creative Ideas for a Threatened World.” The events, presented by the John and Laurie McBride family, are intended to get people to not only think about challenges facing the world, America and the West, but to inspire them to get involved in solving the problems.

The presentations on the first day will focus on worldwide issues. Speakers will range from Robert Engelman of Population Action International examining the human population’s effects on environmental change to former Aspen journalist Hal Clifford’s look at the state of the ski industry.

Saturday’s presentations will feature Lester Brown of the Earth Policy Institute addressing the environmental issues facing the planet and Cathrine Sneed’s discussion of “The Garden Project,” a different way for communities to deal with crime.

On Sunday, the state of the West will be examined, with speakers including Michael Dombeck, former head of both the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.

The complete list of speakers and a schedule of presentations is available at http://www.soprisfoundation.org. Click on the link to the conference. Registration is also available online.


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