At Mountainfilm, we believe that climate change is the most critical issue of our time. We also believe in grassroots movements and have spent nearly four decades sharing and celebrating their powerful stories.
This is The New Normal, and we invite you to help shape it. Toward this end, we encourage you to take action on our five key initiatives. Commit to taking these, and we’ll celebrate you at this year’s festival.
Read books, listen to podcasts or watch films about the latest science and the most innovative solutions surrounding climate change. Calculate your carbon footprint, and identify areas of emissions you could improve in your life.
Reduce your overall energy use with measures like carpooling, unplugging your appliances, adjusting your thermostat carefully, air-drying clothes, insulating your home, reusing bottles and bags, and signing up for initiatives such as EcoAction Partners’ Greenlights program. You can also sign up for the High Five which is a social movement uniting the Roaring Fork Valley to take action on the environment by saving energy.
Offset your travel by investing in carbon-saving initiatives like the Colorado ranch conservation project, which is the result of a partnership between Mountainfilm and Pinhead Climate Institute.
Show your support for an increase in renewable energy: Along with working on your own carbon neutrality, advocate for the policies and infrastructure to support renewable energy on a local and state level.
Sunday evening, the festival will close with a 5:30 p.m. Community Dinner & Celebration, featuring a meal created by festival favorite Chef Eduardo Garcia.
Lunch Film Series at the Cooking School of Aspen | The New Normal (shorts program)
Wed, Aug 23 at 12:30 PM
Featuring inspirational short films targeting climate change and asking us all, “What can I do?”
Lunch Discussion at The Little Nell | The New Normal
Thu, Aug 24 at 12:00 PM
A discussion moderated by Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron with panelists Cultural Anthropologist and National Geographic Explorer Alizé Carrére and Auden Schendler (Board Chairman, Protect Our Winters and VP of Sustainability, Aspen Skiing Company), focusing on positive steps forward in our New Normal.
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The High Five is a social movement uniting the Roaring Fork Valley to take action on the environment by saving energy. Why? Because buildings are the largest source of carbon emissions, counting for up to 70% of greenhouse gas emissions. The energy-saving steps we take at work and at home — in buildings — are the most effective tool for meeting our climate goals. Take the pledge at www.High5RFV.com.
The Energy Confessional is a mobile art installation designed to playfully provoke curiosity, stimulate awareness, and connect the dots between energy consumption and the environment. By fessing up our guilty secrets about energy consumption and then giving them a public airing, we come together to create an installation that is part memorial, part pressure release valve, part reminder that we’re not alone, and part motivation to choose something different. More on the High Five environmental art program at: www.High5RFV.com.