Auden Schendler, Vice President of Sustainability at the Aspen Skiing Company and Chair of the Board of Directors for Protect Our Winters, will present the keynote address on the opening day of the 2014 SHIFT Festival in Jackson Hole. His address will conclude the first day of the SHIFT Summit, a showcase for the most effective and innovative sustainability initiatives currently underway in communities like Jackson Hole from around North America.
A pioneer in ski industry sustainability, Schendler will discuss the effects of global warming on the industry and how individuals can take meaningful action to address it. He will deliver his talk, entitled “Great Fear, Great Hope: Meaningful Action in a Climate Change World,” at the Center for the Arts on Wednesday, October 8, at 7 p.m.
“Scientists say the planet is headed towards at least 4 degrees Celsius of warming, which will be catastrophic,” says Schendler. “Conventional thinking no longer applies.”
“To solve climate change, we have to effectively remake society.”
Schendler will address important questions, such as ways individuals can act at appropriate scale, how to think about the problem, and the ways humans might be uniquely suited to solve the problem.
Previously a corporate sustainability researcher at Rocky Mountain Institute, Schendler has lectured at Harvard, Yale, MIT, Google and Starbucks. His work has been covered in Outside, Fast Company, Travel and Leisure, Businessweek and Men’s Journal. He was named a global warming innovator by Time Magazine, and has testified to Congress on the impacts of climate change. His book Getting Green Done: Hard Truths from the Front Lines of the Sustainability Revolution was called “an antidote to greenwash” by NASA climatologist James Hansen.
Schendler’s talk kicks off the five-day SHIFT Festival, which takes place October 8-12 in Jackson Hole. Click here for the full schedule of events.