AEF 2012 will go deep into what the new climate normals mean and will address how the planet has adapted to human activity; How humans are adapting to planetary change; but how we can still prevent catastrophic change that exceeds our ability to adapt.
For the last four years, the Aspen Institute and National Geographic have joined forces on the Aspen Environment to gather a broad spectrum of key thought leaders for rich and engaging dialogue on the challenges of reconciling Earth's finite resources with its ability to sustain our expanding human needs. Provocative and lively discussions have covered early thinking including the Anthropocene: Age of Man and the implications that a population of 9 Billion by mid-century has on the carrying capacity of the Planet. The 2011 Forum created buzz around themes such as the importance of reproductive rights as central to managing climate change.
The 2012 edition will not spend time debating the science, but instead focus the Forum on addressing solutions for adapting to the greatest challenge of our time. Speakers include Matthew Arnold, Managing Director, JP Morgan Chase; Jason Clay, Senior Vice President, World Wildlife Fund; Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer, National Geographic Society; David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary, Department of the Interior; Chris Johns, Editor in Chief, National Geographic Magazine or Kevin