Partner Event

Realizing a Compassionate Planet

Co-hosted by the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University and the University of Edinburgh

November 05, 2021

6:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT (10:00-18:00 UTC)

Virtual live event

Where do Compassion Science and Climate Science Meet?

Join us on November 5th for a groundbreaking event.

“Climate change is the existential crisis facing our humanity.” says Dr. James Doty, Founder and Director of CCARE. “Bringing together climate and compassion science luminaries, this event will both comment on that crisis and highlight how we can avert it through innovative perspectives and initiatives. This is a much-needed conversation that allows for a realistic and grounded sense of hope and optimism.”

Why focus on a compassionate planet?

While climate science has illuminated the environmental crisis we face, its efforts haven’t yet spurred the widespread change needed to course correct our planet’s health. Some studies show that for each degree of warming, mental distress increases twofold. The climate crisis is a crisis of human well being in all of its dimensions.

While the world is gathering at the UN Climate Conference of the Parties (COP26) to demand and understand climate action that makes the world livable for all, we will be gathering to draw attention to the important role of compassion in making lasting change.

Why join?

This event is for you if you want to understand how you can act to realize a compassionate planet now. Are you curious about how the science of compassion can catalyze global change? Are you already part of a compassion community that is active in this space? There has never been a more urgent time to join forces.

Of course, we know that human societies are not separate from the natural world, yet they are often overlooked as part of the environment. This also blinds us to the fundamental role of compassion, which is a foundation of those societies and provides a fundamental motivation for us to care for one another.

Learn more about changemaking and gain access to exclusive resources in our Compassion-in-Action Gallery, featuring some of the world’s leading organizations and artists and changemakers at the intersection of climate science and compassion science.

A day of conversation and action

This live online event is organized as a day of conversation among climate scientists and compassion scientists, but also among artists, leaders, and changemakers. Register as a delegate to add your voice to an engaging dialogue that will explore a variety of perspectives.

Among the many conversations that will expand your horizons and make you think in new ways, you will hear:

  • The Right Honorable Helen Clark, former prime minister of New Zealand, discussing what it will take to realise a compassionate and just global politics with distinguished journalist Allan Little.
  • Jane Goodall, renowned ethologist and environmentalist, calling us to hope for a compassionate planet with artist, activist, and playwright Sarah Woods.
  • Exploring planetary boundaries and what comes next for climate and compassion science, with distinguished scientist Professor Johan Rockstrom.
  • Climate health and mental health links with Dr. Jame Doty of CCARE at Stanford and Dr. Sally Weintrobe, author of The Psychology of Climate Change.
  • A panel of distinguished guests in dialogue with Professor Shannon Vallor, Director of the Centre for Technomoral Futures, addressing tensions and paradoxes in realising a compassionate planet with technology.

And many more! Find a full list of presenters and sessions at

Please note that while we are funding this event through the sales of tickets, no one will be turned away due to financial need. Scholarships are readily available and we welcome all to join us! To apply for a scholarship to attend, please answer a few questions – and we look forward to seeing you on November 5!