Author of CHOKED/freelancer
Beth Gardiner is a freelance environmental journalist and the author of "Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution." Her work appears in publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, National Geographic, Smithsonian and Yale Environment 360, and she is a former longtime Associated Press writer. She's discussed her work on NPR, the BBC and MSNBC, among other broadcast outlets. Beth is American but lives in London.
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Despite decades of improvement, air pollution still cuts short more than 100,000 American lives every year — more than guns, more than car accidents, more than the flu. We’ll look at the impact and causes of this often under-covered menace, talking science, health and policy. Panelists will explore how dirty air intersects with racial disparities, economic inequality and climate change. You'll hear how residents of Colorado's most polluted neighborhood experience the effects of their dirty air, what's really in the wildfire smoke that regularly engulfs western cities and how regulatory rollbacks may further affect air quality and public health.
Pre-registration and $35 fee required; includes full breakfast and airport transportation.
Join us for a full breakfast and a discussion with Western authors at the Denver Botanic Gardens, a 24-acre urban oasis with nearly 50 curated gardens, a tropical conservatory, education programs and art exhibitions. The Gardens' horticulturalists and scientists work on local and global research projects related to plant and water conservation, climate change and biodiversity. Following the breakfast program, attendees can explore the Gardens and learn about various scientific research projects.
9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:30-11:00 a.m. Blood, Sweat and Books (Okay, Probably Some Tears Too)
The Rocky Mountains provide the perfect backdrop for a discussion by authors who bring a sense of adventure and exploration to their books on critical environmental topics. Whether reporting on Western water issues from a pack raft, researching conservation at the Earth’s poles, exploring the world’s hotspots of air pollution, dumpster diving for aluminum cans or even jumping into fiction, these authors value seeing things for themselves.
Moderator: Michael Kodas, Freelance Reporter, Photojournalist, Educator and Author, “Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame” and “High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed”
Joel Berger, Professor and Barbara Cox Anthony University Chair in Wildlife Conservation, Department of FWC Biology, Colorado State University; Senior Scientist, Wildlife Conservation Society; and Author, “Extreme Conservation: Life at the Edges of the World” and “The Better to Eat You With: Fear in the Animal World”
Beth Gardiner, Journalist and Author, “Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution"
Heather Hansman, Freelance Writer, Editor, Raft Guide and Author, "Downriver: Into the Future of Water in the West"
Laura Pritchett, Author, "The Blue Hour" and "Stars Go Blue" and several other books
11:00 a.m.-Noon Garden Tours
Following the authors' program, two Denver Botanic Gardens horticulturalists will lead tours and discussions about the institution's longtime global research projects and the unique Steppe Garden. There will be two tours capped at 20 people each, so act fast and sign up on-site upon arrival at the Garden. Otherwise, the Gardens will be open to exploration until buses leave promptly at noon for the airport and hotels.
Departure: One bus will stage at each conference hotel — Hilton Fort Collins, Fort Collins Marriott and the Candlewood Suites — beginning about 7:30 a.m. for departure promptly at 8:00 a.m. Attendees not staying at one of these hotels who have preregistered for the Sunday program can board at any one of these hotels.
These buses will then become the airport buses that depart the Gardens at noon for arrival at Denver International Airport no later than 1:00 p.m. All buses will then return to Fort Collins hotels.
Noon: Conference ends and shuttles take attendees back to Fort Collins or to Denver International Airport, with airport arrival no later than 1:00 p.m.
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