June 20, 2011

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May 30 – June 2, 2011

By 2050, the world’s human population will probably have risen above nine billion, but it will also be on the verge of stabilizing after two centuries of explosive growth. Before us lies 40 years in the wilderness; beyond 2050 lies what we have to hope is a promised land. Getting there will take not just technical solutions that make life on earth sustainable; it will take a sustaining vision of our place on the planet.

This year’s Aspen Environment Forum, in conjunction with National Geographic, explores the shifts in thinking and imagination that will be required to rise to the awesome challenge, from ways of reorganizing urban ecosystems, to preserving biodiversity and providing a stable climate, clean air, clean water and food for a growing global population.

The goal? Simple: to educate, inspire, and motivate all in attendance to turn big ideas into relevant action. Here, Sylvia talks about how we as humans are a part of nature, but not the big boss of the Earth as we commonly conceptualize ourselves. There is, she says, a real need for an internal revolution of the mind.

Edited by Deb Castellana

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