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July 2022 Luncheon | Mother Wisdom: Centering Interdependence in an Era of Climate Crisis and Ecological Loss

  • July 12, 2022
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • The Madison Club--Atrium


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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Room Change: Atrium

In-person Networking: 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Livestream and Program:  12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m

Join us in-person or virtually on Tuesday, July 12 for a presentation by Dekila Chungyalpa, Director of the Loka Initiative at UW-Madison. 

Over the last 14 years, Dekila Chungyalpa has worked with a diverse group of faith and Indigenous 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 this session, Dekila will speak on what she has learned in the process and how she draws upon the lessons from her upbringing in the Himalayas and the wisdom of the Tibetan Buddhist lineage she belongs to in order to weave programs that connect inner, community and planetary resilience.

About Dekila Chungyalpa:

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 leaders and culture keepers of Indigenous traditions who work on environmental and climate issues. Dekila began her career in 2001 working on community-based conservation in the Himalayas and went on to work on regional climate change adaptation and freshwater conservation in the Mekong region for the World Wildlife Fund. In 2008, she helped 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 conservation results in the Amazon, East Africa, Himalayas, Mekong, and the United States. She received the prestigious Yale McCluskey Award in 2014 for her work and moved to the Yale School of Environmental Studies as an associate research scientist, where she researched, lectured and designed the prototype for what is now the Loka Initiative.

Dekila is originally from the Himalayan state of Sikkim in India and is of Bhutia origin.

Attendance Options:

Our speaker will be appearing in-person at the Madison Club. Members can choose between attending in person or virtually. Guests are welcome to attend in person or virtually. 

In Person Luncheon Choices for July:

Regular Entrée: Mesquite Smoked SalmonPickled green tomato relish, fresh herbs, cucumber yogurt sauce, corn fritter

Vegetarian EntréeCobb SaladHard-boiled eggs, avocado, cherry tomatoes, grilled red onion, toasted baguette with blue cheese spread and a lemon chive vinaigrette

If you plan to attend in-person, you must register by Wednesday, July 6. 

Virtually: The livestream will begin when the program starts, shortly after 12:00 p.m. 

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