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Colorado River Update: Our Team Is At COP 28, Arguing For Protecting the Colorado River!

Hi Friends of the Colorado River,

We’re excited this week to have two of our boardmembers speaking at COP28 in Dubai at special side events about river protection! 

First, our newest boardmember, Dr. Emily Hite, is speaking at an event titled, “Unmasking the True Environmental Costs of Hydropower — Insights From River Protectors.” Dr. Hite received her PhD from CU-Boulder in Colorado and specializes in studying dam fights, especially those involving indigenous people. Emily is currently an assistant professor at St Louis University.

Second, our long-standing boardmember, Mark Easter, is speaking at an event titled, “Hydropower as a False Climate Solution & Indigenous Efforts to Protect and Restore Rivers.” Mark was formerly a research scientist at CSU in Fort Collins, CO, where he specialized in greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting. Mark is now the lead scientist with a new allied organization, Tell The Dam Truth, which focuses on the GHG’s emitted by dam and reservoir systems, including hydropower.Mark Easter

Both Emily and Mark are volunteering their time speaking at the COP, and we are not financially supporting them, but we greatly appreciate their work! Emily is there in Dubai in person, while Mark is speaking remotely from Fort Collins. Both speaking events are engaged with coalition partners in the U.S. and around the world who are working to protect rivers, especially in the fight against the hydropower industry.

You can read more about all of our boardmembers on our website here.

As we head into 2024, know that we are working at all levels — on the ground in Colorado, and at the international level at the COP — to try and protect and restore rivers. We are telling our story to the world!

We greatly appreciate your support. If you’re in the state of Colorado, tomorrow is “Colorado Gives Day” and we greatly appreciate you supporting our organization!

You can donate online by clicking here.

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