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Climate Change

Mountains Matter: Challenges Facing Today’s Mountain Communities

The year 2022 has been named the United Nations’ “International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development.” Join us for the first afternoon of public panel discussions and presentations focusing on different strategies for creating mountain communities that thrive around the world. Sessions include:

  • 3:00 – 4:00pm: Mountain Outdoor and Sports for Nature – How the outdoor recreation industry and sports communities can partner with local government entities to create sustainable eco-tourism and pathways consistent with climate change, biodiversity, and land management goals
  • 4:10 – 5:10pm: Tackling the Climate Crisis at Altitude – How we can increase adaptive capacity to climate change globally through improved data and information collaboration
  • 5:20 – 6:20pm: Strengthening the Andean Mountain Initiative Governance – How examination of the interconnections between climate change, risk, and water management can support sustainable mountain development in the Andean region
  • 5:20 – 6:20pm: How Higher Education Foster Climate Action and Sustainability – How higher education is working to address critical climate change and sustainability challenges in mountains, in the US, and abroad, and is training the next generation’s climate leaders.

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
Tue Sep 27, 2022
3:00pm - 6:20pm MDT
Doerr-Hosier Center
845 Meadows Rd.
Aspen, CO