FREE Opening Night Festivities

Join CEFF for our Opening Night Celebration – Awards, Films and Panel Discussion!

When: Thursday, February 23, 2017

  • 7-9:30pm: Film Screening, Short Award Ceremony and State of the Environment in Colorado Panel Discussion and Q/A

Where: American Mountaineering Center

What: In today’s political climate, it has already become increasingly difficult to bring people and solutions to the table. Join CEFF for 3 amazing short films to kick off the festival followed by an engaging conversation with three leading members in Colorado’s environmental community bringing to the table a wide variety of expertise in environmental history, climate change, activism, filmmaking and more! This is your opportunity to get inspired and find ways to act on your passion to preserve and protect our environment! Be a part of the movement!

Tickets: Tickets to the Opening Night Celebration are FREE as a part of CEFF’s effort to support our local community! Tickets are available on a first come basis, so reserve your ticket in advance here to join us!

 Emcee – John Fielder

John Fielder is a nationally renowned nature photographer, publisher, teacher, and environmentalist. He is the photographer of more than 40 books, all about Colorado. Having worked tirelessly for the protection of Colorado’s open space and wildlands, his photography has influenced people and legislation. He was an original Board Member of Great Outdoors Colorado, and lives in Summit County, Colorado, where he operates a fine art gallery and teaches photography workshops to adults and children.

  Panelist – Patty Limerick

Patty Limerick is the Colorado State Historian and leads the Center for the American West at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she teaches environmental studies and history. She has authored four books and is a frequent public speaker and columnist for The Denver Post. Patty has dedicated her career to bridging the gap between academics and the general public, to demonstrating the benefits of applying historical perspective to contemporary conflicts, and to making the case for humor as an essential asset of the humanities.

 Panelist – Dr. Jonathan Ormes

Jonathan Ormes is a Research Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and recently retired Director of the Denver Research Institute at the University of Denver. Dr. Ormes also was the Director of Space Sciences at the Goddard Space Flight Center from 2000 to 2004. Recently, Jonathan has turned his attention to understanding the issues involved in our stewardship of the planet, including global warming, species extinctions, land and water issues, and how increasing population and affluence drive these challenges.

 Panelist – Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson is a Zookeeper at Denver Zoo and founder of Team Nepalorado and the Katie Adamson Conservation Fund. He has worked with pachyderms for over 20 years and started Team Nepalorado as a means of turning his marathon training toward funding conservation action. Dave created the Katie Adamson Conservation Fund in honor of a young conservationist and her life passion to help endangered species around the world. The Fund’s mission is to help empower the people of our planet and to work together to save our remaining ecosystems and all of the creatures they contain.