Paul Anderson, Author and Columnist, Aspen Times

Local author and historian Paul Anderson here discusses life in Aspen in the face of sustainability pressures.

Interview Questions:

  • 0:08: What got you interested in the environment?
  • 1:30: Are there any other big environmental changes that you have noticed?
  • 3:14: What environmental changes concern you the most with respect to this place or this local environment?
  • 4:43: In what way do you think that Aspen is threatened by climate change?
  • 5:37: In what way do you feel connected to Aspen and the region?
  • 7:40: What are some solutions to this problem, perhaps at either the individual or the community level?
  • 8:37: What do you think about the claims from some environmentalist quarters that we’ve already passed “the end of nature”?
  • 9:58: Given that you find this love of nature so important, do you do anything to cultivate it in others?
  • 11:00: Where do you see Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley in 50 years?
  • 12:42: Do you have any favorite places in the wilderness around Aspen?
  • 14:00: Are there any changes that you hope for?
  • 14:46: Do you find it ironic arguing for simplicity in one of the wealthiest communities in Colorado?
  • 16:12: Do you have any sense that small actions within a community such as this can have big effects?
  • 17:34: In what way have you made changes in your own life that exemplify your commitment to a simpler and more sustainable lifestyle?
  • 19:13: What about “slowness” helps you find peace in the environment?
  • 20:27: Do you think that the identity of Aspen or the people who live here will change as the climate changes?
  • 22:16: Why not just change our expectations or our behaviors?
  • 23:31: But why do we have this responsibility to think about ourselves as stewards of the planet?
  • 24:45: So do you think that moral obligations stem from the interdependence you were talking about earlier?
  • 25:40: What have you learned over the years about approaching these issues?