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 often not recognized as a stakeholder group by mainstream environmental and climate movements, let alone as a crucially important one that could change the entire game. For the last 12 years, Dekila Chungyalpa has been working with a diverse group of faith leaders around the world, building faith-led partnerships on climate and environmental 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 the science of faith-led environmental and climate solutions and the art of finding common ground between unlikely allies in order to build the resilience of people, of communities, and of the planet.
Loka Initiative, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Convening Faculty, Planning Committee Member
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 … MORE