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Learn How to “Live in the New Normal” at This Month’s Aspen Forum

Maroon Bells, near Aspen, makes a pretty setting to contemplate the future of the planet. Photo: Mark Gallagher, Flickr Creative Commons


The 2012 Aspen Environment Forum is around the corner (June 22-25), just after the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio, and I’m looking forward to the few days in picturesque Aspen, Colorado.

It will be my first time seeing my hero Edward O. Wilson, whose elegant prose inspired me to try to write about the environment. Diversity of Life still ranks as one of my favorite books.

Other thought leaders who will be sharing their insights with an intimate audience in Aspen include Fred Krupp, head of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres, and the always-interesting Stewart Brand. NG’s own Dennis Dimick, Rob Kunzig, and Joel Sartore will also be presenting.

Join us in Aspen for a fresh look at some of the most exciting ideas that are sure to shape our collective future. Our planet is going through profound changes, and as a society we need to learn how to live in this new normal.

Learn more about the conference and sign up. Also keep an eye on this blog for updates from the event.

Here’s a teaser video:



Brian Clark Howard is an Environment Writer and Editor at National Geographic News. He previously served as an editor for and E/The Environmental Magazine, and has written for,,, Yahoo!, MSN, Miller-McCune and elsewhere. He is the co-author of six books, including Geothermal HVACGreen Lighting and Build Your Own Small Wind Power System.

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