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January 9
10:30 pm - 11:30 pm EST
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama and climate activist Greta Thunberg in a special free livestream event from the Mind & Life Institute. The intergenerational discussion will explore what can be done to slow, halt, or even reverse the threat of climate feedback loops before it’s too late.
As we all know, fossil fuel emissions from human activity are driving up the Earth’s temperature. This warming is thawing permafrost, melting sea ice, damaging forests, and, in so doing, setting in motion feedback loops which are raising temperatures even higher. Since our founding, Woodwell Climate Research Center has pioneered the science of feedback loops triggered by emissions from natural sources.
Moderated by Diana Chapman Walsh, “The Dalai Lama with Greta Thunberg and Leading Scientists: A Conversation on the Crisis of Climate Feedback Loops” will be grounded in a new series of educational films, “Climate Emergency: Feedback Loops,” narrated by Richard Gere. These films originated from a conversation between the producers and then Woodwell Board Chair, now Distinguished Visiting Scientist, Dr. William Moomaw. They feature several Woodwell Climate scientists, including founder Dr. George Woodwell, Arctic Program Director Dr. Sue Natali, and President Dr. Philip Duffy.
The Dalai Lama speaks to the urgent need for climate action in his new book, Our Only Home: A Climate Appeal to the World, in which he praises Greta Thunberg and other young climate activists for their determination to bring about positive change.
The livestream event will highlight recent scientific findings, the ethical imperative of taking action, and urgent steps needed to minimize this grave danger. We hope you will join us!