HR!Day332 - Project Adapt: the Wisdom of Living Adaptively in the face of Severe Climate Change

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In relation to climate change, the current options open to us are narrower and more limited they have ever been. Currently, we are faced with choices determined more by chaos than control. In his “Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy” (2018), Jem Bendell calls us into a more responsible and sober territory: acceptance and adaptation. Facing what increasingly seems like societal collapse and an uninhabitable earth, humanity must prepare to adapt to colossal challenge and change. We can do that best by accepting reality and relying upon our collective wisdom and those virtues and skills that have allowed us in the past not only to survive but to endure and, hopefully, prevail.

Project Adapt believes each of us individually and all of us collectively are in charge of whatever future lies before us. We all have essential roles to play in the liberation of our minds, the openness of our hearts and the unification of our spirits toward a future that will require us to embrace change, weather despair, and act with love--without the guarantee of success.

Project Adapt embodies the practice of the 4 Rs of Deep Adaptation: Resilience, Relinquishment, Restoration and Reconciliation, plus one more, Reverence. This session features voices from the Project Adapt team and others committed to the principle of adaptation.


  • Rev Lauren Van Ham, an interfaith chaplain specializing in Eco-Chaplaincy, serves in healthcare, corporate, and academic settings. Her consulting work  ranges from faith communities to individuals to multi-national corporations.
  • Steve Hicken is former Executive Director of the Ignite Institute at the Pacific School of Religion (PSR). His cross-cultural and international service include working with indigenous peoples and directing the largest Division of Catholic Charities in Santa Clara County.
  • James Keene, has served as City Manager of three municipalities--Palo Alto, Berkeley, and Tucson--as well as the Executive Director of the California State Association of Counties (CSAC). His life-long commitment to public service is driven by a passion for the American experiment in self-government.
  • Robert Rees is Visiting Professor and Director of Latter-day Saint/Mormon Studies at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Previously he taught at UCLA and UC Santa Cruz. He is the co-founder of the Bountiful Children’s Foundation, which addresses childhood malnutrition in the developing world.
  • Kiki La Porta is an independent creative director and communications consultant working with and serving on the boards of several nonprofits in the areas of environment/sustainability, social/racial justice, and affordable housing. Previous clients have included corporations, small businesses, government agencies, and local utilities.


  • Jim Garrison, President, Ubiquity University


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