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Climate Change

Mountains Matter: Finding Long-Term Climate Solutions Locally

Tackling climate change and sustainability issues oftentimes come with complex solutions that are geared towards implementation at a global or regional level. A more effective approach may come from putting practical systems in place at the local level, where change may be seen more rapidly. Sessions include:

  • 1:50 – 2:50pm: Sustainable Land Management and Biodiversity Conservation for Community Based Adaptation – Approaches to land management in mountains to ensure the recovery and maintenance of key ecosystem services and the sustainable management and use of biodiversity to reduce the vulnerability of mountain communities to climate change
  • 1:50 – 2:50pm: Braiding Indigenous Knowledge and Western Science – How the Canadian Mountain Network and the Mountain Sentinels Collaborative Network are addressing critical sustainability challenges through the weaving of local and Indigenous knowledge with Western science
  • 2:55 – 3:55pm: Knowledge Generation and Management and Strategic Partnerships for Sustainable Mountain Development in South AmericaBy sharing examples of successful cross-dialogue between institutions and actors, the session seeks to promote and strengthen synergies and enhance collaborative conversations with new voices and visions, whilst promoting ancestral methodology and environmental management.
  • 2:55 – 3:55pm: Keeping our Mountains Waste-FreeWaste — especially plastic waste — is an omnipresent concern in mountains. Virtually all outdoor enthusiasts have encountered pollution. This side event paints the global picture and challenges to waste management in mountains.
  • 4:00 – 5:00pm Community: Talk Globally, Act Locally: How local towns and counties in the Roaring Fork Valley and Western Slope are addressing climate change and sustainability in our own backyard.

Tickets allow access to all events listed for each day. You are welcome to come and go to sessions as you please. All sessions are held in the Doerr-Hosier Center. Fee: $10.

For detailed information about the side events each afternoon, click here.

If you’re interested in attending the full UN Global Meeting, full passes and Global Gala passes are available to the public here.

Important Note
All attendees at Aspen Institute in-person events will be required to show they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or if they are exempt from this requirement, take an on-site COVID-19 rapid test and show a negative result before entry. For questions, please email

Parking is very limited. Please carpool, walk, bike, or ride RFTA.


Event information
Wed Sep 28, 2022
1:50pm - 5:00pm MDT
Doerr-Hosier Center
845 Meadows Rd.
Aspen, CO