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Miami Beach and Aspen Institute Announce Global Climate Event – Citywide

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Susan Askew

Think of it as Art Basel for climate, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said in announcing a major new summit here hosted by the Aspen Institute, a nonprofit global thought leader dedicated to finding solutions to the world’s most challenging issues.

Aspen Ideas: Climate 2022 will include “global and local policymakers, scientific experts, corporate leaders, inventors and innovators, artists, young leaders, influencers, and engaged members of the public,” according to the announcement of the event. Discussions on climate issues will be complemented by tours of local and historic resilience points of interest and cultural events such as fashion, food, arts, and music activities.

Launching March 3-7, the event is expected to be held annually in Miami Beach.

“The first week of March 2022, our community is going to be the center of climate action in the world for a week,” Gelber said. Calling the Aspen Institute “the premier problem solver in the world,” he said, the idea that Miami Beach will host the event annually “is really something quite incredible.”

Aspen Institute CEO Dan Porterfield said the event will “build dialogue, solutions, and momentum and we really need momentum in driving change in how we deal with the climate crisis.”

Miami Beach, he said, “is both exemplary because it’s taking on climate issues but it’s also representative because, in fact, every single coastal city on the planet earth is under siege right now as the waters rise, as the temperatures go up, as the coral reefs start to wither away, as animal life in all its many forms cries out for help.”

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