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November 12, 2020

Webinar – Forum: Pathways to Planetary Health – Dekila Chungyalpa and Jonathan F.P. Rose

On Thursday, November 12th at 2:00pm ET, the Garrison Institute Forum Series on Pathways to Planetary Health will host a conversation between Dekila Chungyalpa, Founder and Director of the Loka Initiative, and Jonathan F.P. Rose, Co-Founder of the Garrison Institute. These interactive sessions aim to expand our understanding around how each of us can play a role in supporting a regenerative, just and prosperous world, nurturing the health and wellbeing of all of life. In this conversation, Dekila will share learnings and reflections from across 20 years of work designing and implementing global conservation strategies and projects, most recently as the director of the new and innovative education and outreach program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for faith leaders, culture keepers from indigenous traditions, and religious institutions. 

This live webinar will be conducted on Zoom at 2pm ET on Thursday, November 12th. The webinar link will be emailed to participants within twenty-four hours of your registration. Registration for this live webinar closes at 1pm ET on Thursday, November 12th. Please note that participation in the live webinar on Zoom is limited to the first 1,000 attendees. We will also be live-streaming this program on our Facebook page.

Your support matters. Our vision for a more just, compassionate world has never felt more urgent. While we cannot share physical space together, we remain committed to a shared practice of social and spiritual care. We are thankful for the opportunity to create a virtual sanctuary during this time of physical distancing. If you feel called to support our work, we welcome your tax-deductible contribution toward our efforts. If you have any questions about this event, please contact us at events@garrisoninstitute.org.


Dekila Chungyalpa is the founder and director of the Loka Initiative, a capacity building and outreach platform at the University of Wisconsin – Madison for faith and indigenous leaders who work on environmental and climate issues. Dekila began her career in 2001 working extensively oncommunity-based conservation in the Himalayas and regional climate change adaptation and sustainable solutions for hydropower in the Mekong region for the World Wildlife Fund.In 2008, she helped His Holiness the Karmapa establishKhoryug, an association of over 50 Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and nunneries implementing environmental projects across the Himalayas today. 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 and moved to the Yale School of Environmental Studies as an associate research scientist, where she worked with faith leaders and academic partners to design the prototype for the Loka Initiative. More information on these different programs can be found atwww.centerhealthyminds.org/loka-initiative,www.worldwildlife.org/religionandwww.khoryug.info. Dekila is originally from the Himalayan state of Sikkim in India and is the daughter of the late Ani Dechen Zangmo, a well-known Tibetan Buddhist teacher.

Jonathan F.P. Rose’s business, public policy, and not-for-profit work focus on creating a more environmentally, socially, and economically responsible world. Jonathan and his wife Diana Calthorpe Rose are the co-founders of the Garrison Institute. He serves on its Board and leads its Pathways to Planetary Health program.

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