CBD 2021: At the Center of All Things is Interdependence with Dekila Chungyalpa
- Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021 12:30 PM
- Zoom Mtg
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- CBD 2021: At the Center of All Things is Interdependence with Dekila Chungyalpa
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- Contemplation by Design, Stanford Prevention Research Center, Department of Medicine
Over 85% of the world subscribes to a faith. Over half of the schools worldwide are run by faith institutions. Collectively, faiths are the 3rd largest category of financial investors. And yet, for the most part, they are not recognized as a stakeholder group by mainstream environmental and climate movements, let alone as a crucially important one that could change the trajectory we are on today. Over the last 12 years, Dekila Chungyalpa has worked with a diverse group of faith leaders around the world, building faith-led partnerships on environmental and climate efforts in the Amazon, East Africa, the Himalayas, the Mekong region, and the United States. In the process, she has learned how to build alliances between religion and science, different faith traditions, and between academia and activism. In this session, Dekila will speak on how she finds common ground between unlikely allies and how she turns to the teachings of her own lineage, Karma Kagyu Buddhism, to weave programs that connect inner, community and planetary resilience.
Dekila Chungyalpa is the Co-Founder and Director of the Loka Initiative, a capacity building and outreach platform at the University of Wisconsin – Madison for faith leaders and culture keepers of indigenous traditions who work on environmental and climate issues. Dekila began her career working on community-based conservation in the Himalayas and went on to work on regional climate change adaptation and free flowing rivers in the Mekong region for the World Wildlife Fund. In 2008, she helped His Holiness the Karmapa, the head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, establish Khoryug, an association of over 50 Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and nunneries implementing environmental projects across the Himalayas. In 2009, Dekila founded and led WWF Sacred Earth, a 5-year pilot program that built partnerships with faith leaders and religious institutions towards concrete conservation results in the Amazon, East Africa, Himalayas, Mekong, and the United States. She received the prestigious Yale McCluskey Award in 2014 for conservation innovation for her work and moved to the Yale School of Environmental Studies as an associate research scientist, where she researched, lectured and designed what is now the Loka Initiative.
Dekila is originally from the Himalayan state of Sikkim in India and speaks five languages: Sikkimese, Tibetan, Nepali, Hindi and English.