In 2016 The Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW) launched a series of global dialogues between emerging leaders working in the environmental field and spiritual mentors on the theme of the Inner Dimensions of Climate Change. With the support and partnership of Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association (DDMBA) and with the collaboration of Earth Charter International, this series of global gatherings is designed to enable young leaders to see the climate/ecological crisis through a spiritual lens, to explore the broader implications of the serious changes we are causing for the earth community. Our hope is that through these gatherings these young people will come more deeply into the recognition of the sacredness of the world around us, and awaken from within a love for the natural world.  This, we hope, will inspire and guide their work going forward.   

Below you will find highlights from the first two programs. One features a gathering of 22 young ecologists from 14 countries in Africa who came to Marrakech during COP22, and the second gathering brought together 25 young leaders from 15 countries from the Americas and the Caribbean. We were humbled by their depth and awareness, and the commitment with which these young people are working for the planet and for their communities.

Inner Dimensions of Climate Change – Costa Rica (Jan 2017)

Program overview & photos

Inner Dimensions of Climate Change – Morocco (Nov 2016)

Program overview & photos