Jessica Catto Dialogues

Jessica Catto Dialogues

USFS Fire Image Photo Credit Chris Zoller USFS

UPCOMING: Climate Change and Megafires in Our Backyard
with Dr. Jennifer Balch and Stephen Pyne
Tuesday, August 2, 2022, 6-7pm

Across the globe wildfires have become larger, more extreme, and more destructive. Higher temperatures caused by climate change are leading to drier forests and an intensified the fire cycle. At the same time communities in fire prone regions are growing at unprecedented rates; resulting in more structures and people in the path of wildfire. Join us for a conversation with Dr. Jennifer Balch, University of Colorado Boulder and Stephen Pyne, author and  emeritus professor from Arizona State University, to learn how wildfires are changing and what it means for our communities.​

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Jessica Hobby Catto

Founded in memory of Jessica Hobby Catto, ACES' Jessica Catto Dialogues (JCD) lecture series brings environmental luminaries to Aspen to inspire positive change.

Each year, over 1,000 Aspen residents and visitors come together to engage in an open dialogue about our most pressing environmental concerns. With past presenters including Carl Safina, Joel Salatin, Bill McKibben, Terry Tempest Williams and others, this series highlights the work of leaders in environmental and climate science, regenerative agriculture, economics, and ecosystem health, specifically focusing on those who are involved in promoting civic action and social justice. 

The series is funded by the Catto Charitable Foundation in Jessica's memory and is curated in partnership with Jessica's daughter and son-in-law, Isa and Daniel Shaw. Jessica was a staunch environmental and social rights advocate, courageous in her resolve to be an effective voice for change. She served on the Boards of Conservation International, the National Parks Conservation Association, World Resources Institute, the Conservation Fund, the Environmental Defense Fund, and ACES. As a longstanding member at The Aspen Institute, she also established the Catto Fellowship for a Sustainable Future.


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Climate Change and Megafires by Chris Zoller, USFS
UPCOMING: Climate Change and Megafires in Our Backyard
with Dr. Jennifer Balch and Stephen Pyne
Tuesday, August 2, 2022
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Jennifer Jewell
Jennifer Jewell
Author and Award-winning Radio Host
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Shyla Raghav
Vice President of Climate Change, Conservation International

Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr.
President & CEO, Hip Hop Caucus
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Gina McCarthy
Former EPA Administrator, Professor, Harvard University

Philipp Hildebrand
Vice Chairman, BlackRock
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Marcus Eriksen
Co-Founder & Research Director, 5 Gyres Institute

Michael Curtin
CEO, DC Central Kitchen

Jason Mark
Environmental Journalist
Editor, Sierra

Thomas Lovejoy
Professor, George Mason University
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Joel Salatin
Owner & Farmer, Polyface Farm
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Carl Safina
Ecologist, Conservationist, Author

Naomi Oreskes
Author & Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University

Rick Bass
Author & Wilderness Advocate

Craig McNamara
President & Owner, Sierra Orchards

M. Sanjayan
CEO, Conservation International
Former Lead Scientist, The Nature Conservancy
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Julia Kumari Drapkin
CEO & Founder, ISeeChange

Melinda Kramer
Founder & Co-Director, Women's Earth Alliance

Randy Udall
Former Director, CORE
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Amory Lovins
Cofounder & Chairman Emeritus, Rocky Mountain Institute

Tony Malkin
President & CEO of Empire State Realty Trust, Empire State Building

Maggie Fox
Consultant & Former President and CEO, Climate Reality Project

Terry Tempest Williams
Author & Environmental Advocate

Florian Schulz

Bill McKibben
Author, Educator, Environmentalist & Founder of
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