It is no longer an enigma that climate change is drastically and detrimentally changing our world; glaciers are shrinking, sea levels are rising and our fellow beings are struggling to survive. How do we maintain hope in the face of such enormous, seemingly unfathomable adversity? What role do the stories we tell and the compassion in our hearts play as we move into an unsettling future? Join Bonnie Waltch, Don Perovich, and Thupten Jinpa Langri—a storyteller, a climate scientist, and a Buddhist scholar, for a conversation about the most compelling issue of our times. This session will include a movie clip from the Climate Emergency: Feedback Loops movie series. Nischal Neupane, Program Manager at the Mind & Life Institute will moderate the conversation.

Bonnie Waltch


Bonnie Waltch is a producer, director, and writer for documentaries and museum exhibit media. Most recently, she produced and wrote the one-hour international television documentary, Earth Emergency, and series of … MORE

Donald Perovich, PhD

Darthmouth College


Dr. Perovich’s research interest is understanding the Arctic system and its role in global climate change. The central focus of his research is simple to state: where does all the … MORE

Thupten Jinpa, PhD

Compassion Institute

Board Chair

Thupten Jinpa, Ph.d., received his early education and training as a monk and obtained the Geshe Lharam degree from the Shartse College of Ganden Monastic University, South India. In addition, Jinpa … MORE

nischal neupane

Contemplative Changemaking Grant Consultant, Mind & Life Institute

nischal (nisch) is a Program Manager at the Mind & Life Institute. He recently graduated from UMass Amherst with a Master’s in Environmental Conservation during which his research investigated the … MORE