Free Event Scheduled to Honor UN Mountain Day
The Aspen International Mountain Forum (AIMF) and the City of Aspen have teamed up to present a celebration of sustainable mountain living honoring United Nations Mountain Day.

Live, Love, Eat Mountain, a multi-media program, will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 12 at the Wheeler Opera House, with a pre-program reception in the Wheeler Lobby at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to all ages.

"The mission of AIMF is to further world peace and cultural understanding by creating opportunities for people to promote sustainable development in mountain communities around the world," said Karinjo DeVore, AIMF president. "So it is in that spirit that Aspen celebrates this day with mountain people internationally."

Chris Davenport, famed big-mountain skier and filmmaker, will host the interactive evening. The free event will feature the short film “Growing Home” starring local world champion, big mountain telemark skier Nick DeVore. The film highlights Morocco’s skiing, surfing and sustainable alpine horticulture. Images from National Geographic photographer Pete McBride will be shown, with live music by Paul MacFarlane. The event will conclude with a sustainability roundtable discussion featuring Randy Udall, leading energy sustainability activist; Casey Sheahan, CEO of Patagonia; and other environmental pioneers.

Throughout the evening, free prizes from Marmot, PolarTec, Patagonia, the Aspen Club and Spa, Backbone Media and more will be available to some lucky attendees.
Also, Pyramid Bistro will be offering tastings/hors d'oeuvres at the reception.

The City of Aspen was recently inducted into the Mountain Partnership, an international voluntary alliance dedicated to improving the lives of mountain people and protecting mountain environments around the world.

“The Mountain Partnership is made up of 50 countries and was established by the United Nations. As the only American governmental entity to be a part of the partnership, Aspen wanted to properly celebrate United Nations Mountain Day,” said Sally Spaulding, community relations director for the City of Aspen. “We are excited to help bring together all of the complex and challenging points of mountain living and really start talking about ways to sustainably inhabit mountain environments.”

Aspen International Mountain Forum (AIMF), was also inducted into the Mountain Partnership. Since 1995, when this group convened a major environmental conference in Aspen's Sister City of Shimukappu, Japan, AIMF has been working to support local and international efforts to improve mountain environments, promote sustainability and increase public dialogue. AIMF was instrumental in Aspen's inclusion to the Partnership.

Posted on Thursday, December 02, 2010